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Combat Sex Trafficking in the United States

Hadassah affirms its policy statement against the trafficking of women and strongly supports the passage of the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act (S. 2925/ H.R. 5575). The bill was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate and referred to the House earlier this week. Urge the House to pass this legislation before the end of the session, only days away!

Sex trafficking and its related crimes not only harm the people involved, they undermine the social, political and economic fabric of the nations where they occur by demeaning women and increasing violence and crime. While the sex trade is most prominent in impoverished areas, more than 100,000 underage girls are exploited for sex in the United States every year.

All too often, minors forced into the sex trade are treated as criminals—prosecuted and penalized instead of helped to escape the cycle of exploitation. Central to this legislation is the identification of sex slaves as victims and the establishment of pilot programs to provide counseling, education, and basic support for these young women and men. The legislation would also mandate participation at all levels of law enforcement and educate officers and prosecutors in how to identify, investigate and prosecute traffickers.

Urge your Representatives to support the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act. A suggested letter follows below. The letter can be used to contact your Congressperson, or as talking points for bulletins, Facebook, Twitter or other social media.


Dear Representative,

I write to you regarding the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act (S. 2925/ H.R. 5575). More than 100,000 underage girls are exploited for sex in the United States every year. All too often, minors forced into the sex trade are treated as criminals—prosecuted and penalized instead of helped to escape the cycle of exploitation. This legislation would identify sex slaves as victims and establish pilot programs to provide counseling, education, and basic support for these young women and men. The legislation would also mandate participation at all levels of law enforcement and educate officers and prosecutors in how to identify, investigate and prosecute traffickers.

I urge you to support the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME

Date: 12/16/2010 12:00:00 AM

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