Monday, July 28, 2008

Justice & Sex Trafficking

From the New York Times:

July 22, 2008

We take issue with John R. Miller’s characterization of the Department of Justice’s work in the fight against sex trafficking and the department’s commitment to rescuing victims of this horrendous crime.

The department has convicted hundreds of sex traffickers for prostituting children and forcing women into prostitution. We have rescued hundreds upon hundreds of victims. And we strongly support Congressional reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which made these successes possible.

But we oppose provisions in the bill passed by the House of Representatives that would divert our focus away from the worst of the worst cases by making all prostitution a federal crime.

Dozens of law enforcement agencies, women’s and immigrants’ groups, crime victims’ rights organizations and policy experts have written Congress sharing the department’s concern.

Elisebeth C. Cook
Assistant Attorney General
Department of Justice
Washington, July 11, 2008

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