The FBI estimates that more than 100,000 underage girls are exploited for sex in the Unites States each year. Sex trafficking is a modern form of slavery, yet all too often victims are difficult to identify and trafficked persons are often prosecuted as prostitutes or deported as undocumented immigrants.
The Senate has already passed a bill by unanimous consent that would call victims of sex trafficking what they are -- victims -- and establish pilot programs which would provide counseling, education, and basic support for these young women. This bill, the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act (S. 2925/H.R. 5575), would also mandate participation at all levels of law enforcement and educate officers and prosecutors in how to identify, investigate, and prosecute traffickers.
With just days remaining in the lame duck session, we cannot allow the House to fail to take action to support young women exploited by sex traffickers in our very own country. To act now is to make a real difference in the lives of thousands of women and girls.
Urge your Representative to ensure the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act (S. 2925/H.R. 5575) is considered before the end of the lame duck session. To send a message, simply click on the "Take Action" link in the upper right corner. Then follow the instructions to compose and send your message. If your member of Congress has already signed on as a cosponsor, you will be able to send her or him a message of thanks as well as encouragement to ensure the bill is considered before the end of the year.
With so few pieces of important legislation succeeding in passing the Senate this year, the House has a golden opportunity to pass meaningful anti-sex trafficking legislation. Tell your representative to make sure this window of opportunity does not close.
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