Congress Must Combat Sex Trafficking

Target: Majority Leader Harry Reid

Goal: To get Congress to renew a law which combats sex trafficking in the United States and overseas.

Hundreds of thousands of women around the world are victims of sex trafficking, a form of sexual slavery that continues to persist even today. Many of these victims are children. In order to combat sex trafficking both within the United States and abroad, the American government created the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). However, due to bipartisan debates, this important law may not be renewed.

Many times, the victim is persecuted for sex trafficking, a process which leaves her abusers unscathed. TVPA works to persecute the abusers. Any act of sex trafficking which involves assault, kidnapping, or sexual abuse could cause the perpetrator to be sentenced to life in prison. Because the majority of sex trafficking crimes involve these types of tactics, the law is broad enough to ensure that the majority of crime is stopped.

TVPA is specifically aimed at protecting children. If the victim is under fourteen, and was lured into the sex trafficking business through force, coercion or deceit, the perpetrator can receive a life sentence. If any of the above methods were used, the punishments are still harsh, up to twenty years in prison. One important aspect of TVPA is that it does not just persecute sex trafficking acts within the United States. Individuals who purchase child sex acts abroad can be persecuted when they return to the United States.

So why is such an important law not being renewed instantly? A bipartisan debate has emerged over who has the right to provide relief to sex trafficking victims. The United States department of Health and Human Services has pulled funding from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, resulting in an argument about whether or not faith based organizations have the right to receive government funding.

The victims of sex trafficking remain victims no matter what occurs. Congress cannot let petty debates over who is allowed to help the victims cause them to miss the big picture—every moment that TVPA is not renewed is another moment without help for a sex slave. Act now and ask Congress to renew this important law.

Dear Majority Leader Mr. Henry Reid,

It has come to my attention that the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) is up for renewal this year. However, due to a deadlock in Congress, this important law is being ignored.

TVPA is an important step to ending sex trafficking both domestically and abroad. This important law persecuted the abusers, not the victims, by sentencing those who abuse, assault or kidnap their victims to up to life in prison. Because the majority of sex trafficking crimes involve these types of tactics, the law is broad enough to ensure that the majority of crime is stopped.

TVPA also works to protect children abused by the sex trafficking industry. Not only are the prison sentences harsh for those involved in child sex trafficking, it also ensures that those who purchase sex trafficking acts abroad are persecuted when they return to the United States.

The victims of sex trafficking remain victims no matter what occurs. Congress cannot let petty debates over who is allowed to help the victims cause them to miss the big picture—every moment that TVPA is not renewed is another moment without help for a sex slave.

I ask that you renew the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in order to ensure that the victims of sex trafficking receive the justice that they deserve.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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