Achieve justice and support for victims of human trafficking
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Human trafficking is the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world (Federal Bureau of Investigation). It not only generates 32 billion dollars in illegal profits annually, but tears families apart and subjects individuals to inhumane treatment and obvious violations of basic human rights. Every year, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international boarders and 80% of which are women (DoSomething.org). In the US alone, the average age a child enters the sex trade is 12-14 years old. Innocent children and adults alike are being abused and coerced into a lifetime of bondage every day.
Not only does human trafficking have a devastating effect on the lives of people, it also has a drastic impact on the United State's economy. This massive web of illegal transactions allows traffickers to make huge profits without the added burden of paying their "employees".
In order to adequately and effectively stunt the spread of human trafficking, the federal government should be the primary actor in enacting legislation and enforcing laws regarding this criminal act. Since human trafficking is an intricate and widespread system that spans hundreds of countries, the government must properly utilize every one of it's agencies in order to make a difference.
Despite the dismal circumstances, there are ways to provide help and safety to victims of human trafficking. One of which is the subject of this petition. The Senate File 596, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2011 was drafted in the hopes of providing federal funding to increase child prostitution victims's access to support and increase preventative measures. Despite being introduced on March 16, 2011, it was not enacted. This act has the possibility to provide help and care for those afflicted by this horrendous crime. It will provide them with the safety and love that they have so long been denied. It will also aid the government in creating more ways to stop this crime before it is committed.
Please offer your support for this act in hopes that it can bring freedom and hope to hundreds of innocent victims of human trafficking.
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