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Pass Safe Harbor & End Demand for Prostitution Laws in Hawaii

Currently, Hawaii has no protocol to legally detain juveniles rescued from prostitution without criminalizing them. The Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery (PASS) is urging the Hawaii State Legislature to pass legislation to help child trafficking victims to proper rehabilitative and healing services rather than to incarceration.

PASS is also urging the legislature to pass an End Demand Bill (SB192/HB1066 and SB194) which seek to increase penalties for patrons of prostitution/sex-trafficking, commonly referred to as “johns.” The existing grade of offense for johns is a petty misdemeanor, equivalent to the fine of remaining in a public park after hours. The penalty for the offense of fueling prostitution/sex-trafficking, by providing the demand, has not been updated in Hawaii since the law was created in the early 70s.

Please help Hawaii pass these bills because injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Help us stop the growth of child-trafficking in America.

FACTS: Hawaii’s incarceration rate of juvenile girls exceed the national average. Of these offenses, about 35% are runaways. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of intrafamilial sexual abuse (or incest) and also has one of the highest attempted teen suicide rates in the nation. There are approximately 300 children reported missing in Hawaii per month. There are no law enforcement stats for child sex-trafficking because of the lack of a state sex-trafficking law.

Earlier this year, Shared Hope International rated Hawaii second worst in the nation in protecting child victims of sex trafficking by law.

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This petition was delivered to:
  • State Senator
    David Ige
  • State Representative
    Karl Rhoads
  • State Representative
    Mele Carroll
  • State Representative
    Sylvia Luke
  • State Senator
    Clayton Hee
  • Senator
    Brian Schatz
  • Senator
    Mazie Hirono
  • Representative
    Tulsi Gabbard
  • Hawaii Governor


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