Important Legislation

From Not For Sale:

TVPA Reauthorization Needs Your Voice Today!

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) became law in 2000. It is the first major comprehensive U.S. legislative effort to combat modern-day slavery.

Not For Sale has been working in coalition with many other anti-slavery groups for the past year to advocate for important tweaks to the TVPA. These modifications include initiatives to increase victim identification, to provide survivors with much needed services, and to prosecute traffickers. We are happy to report that the bill passed in the House of Representatives last December in an overwhelming 405-2 vote.

However, with less than a week left before Congress adjourns for the year, the bill is still awaiting Senate action. It’s important for your Senators to know that human trafficking is an issue you care about, and that you support the proposed changes within the TVPA.

Please make your voice heard by calling your Senators and urging them to cosponsor the reauthorization of the TVPA in the Senate, with important amendments:

1. Find your Senator’s contact information.

2. Download talking points for your call.

HT News Review (Week of 8/17-8/23)

(…plus or minus a few days..)

8/15/08 “Anchorage Man Gets 30 Years in Sex Trafficking, Drugs Case” (The Daily News-Miner)
[tagged for: court cases, prostitution]

8/16/08 “Wichita Film Debuts About Human Trafficking” (KSN
[tagged for: films, prostitution, sexual exploitation, public awareness]

8/17/08 “Measure would protect pimps, not prostitutes” (San Francisco Chronicle)
[tagged for: legalizing prostitution, sexual exploitation, child prostitution, children]

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“Trafficking bills differ in critical ways” (Baptist Press)

WASHINGTON (BP)–A clash between the Department of Justice and foes of human trafficking over how to address the global problem is on display in the conflicting pieces of legislation they support.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is backing a Senate bill it says will help in its efforts to protect trafficking victims while prosecuting those behind the trade in sex and labor slaves. Anti-trafficking advocates, meanwhile, are supporting a bill already approved by the House of Representatives that they consider to be superior to the Senate version.

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“U-Visas issued to illegal immigrants who are victims of crime” (LA Times)

Almost eight years after Congress enacted a law meant to protect illegal immigrants who were victims of a crime, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued the first U visas, documents that grant victims the right to work and reside in the U.S. for four years. At the time of the U visas’ approval, as part of the 2000 Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, immigration wasn’t quite the incendiary issue it is today. Now, even the fairly benign goal of encouraging crime victims to call the police without fear of being deported is subject to all sorts of sturm und drang.

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“Stop Slavery Here and Abroad” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), profits from sex trafficking exceed $217 billion a year, or about $23,000 per victim. Organized crime is making a killing. A recent United Nations report ranked human trafficking third as a profit-making illegal industry behind arms dealing and drugs. No country, including our own, is exempt.

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“Sex Slaves: Twice a Victim” (Philadelphia Daily News)

MANY Daily News readers were no doubt shocked recently to learn that human trafficking and sexual slavery may be occurring right here in the Delaware Valley.

In the Berwyn case that the paper put on Page 1, the system apparently worked. The victims are in the process of obtaining the status allowing their continued presence in the U.S., and the traffickers are being prosecuted.

But what if those two courageous women had instead succumbed to the threats, violence and pressure of their handlers?

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“Prostitution and Prevention” (NY Times)

Child prostitution, a large and growing problem across the United States, is especially severe in tourist and convention cities. Atlanta, for example, has been identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as one of 14 American cities with the highest rates of child prostitution. Georgia’s lawmakers, religious groups and juvenile justice advocates are taking this issue very seriously, but they may miss an important opportunity unless they focus on programs that have a lasting impact on the lives of Georgia’s most vulnerable children.

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