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Capitol Health Call
June 11, 2014

Three Bills to Prevent Sex Trafficking

JAMA. 2014;311(22):2264. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.6831

On April 30, the House Judiciary Committee approved 3 bills to combat human trafficking. Sex trafficking is organized crime’s fastest-growing business and the third largest criminal enterprise in the world, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

One bill, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (HR3530), increases and streamlines law enforcement resources, improves victims’ services, and strengthens laws to hold accountable both buyers and sellers engaged in sex trafficking. The Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act (HR3610)provides incentives to states to adopt safe harbor laws that treat trafficked minors as victimized individuals rather than as criminals or delinquents and provide access to job-skill training so that they can begin to rebuild their lives. The Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act (HR4225) makes it a crime to knowingly advertise or profit from advertisements that commercially exploit minors and others harmed by sex traffickers.