Sex trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry, not only in the US but globally. According to the Department of Justice, the average victim is trafficked between the ages of 12 and 14. Those who fuel this exploitative trade – buyers, traffickers, pimps and brothel-keepers-- are rarely prosecuted. Sadly, it is more likely that the victim – often a young girl like Dina – will be arrested instead.
In the 10th Annual Trafficking in Persons Report, Ambassador Luis CdeBaca stated that while we continue to see the devastating effects of sex trafficking, services for survivors are as rare as programs that address the demand for their victimization.
This week, in an effort to deal with tragic scenarios like Dina’s, where victims are prosecuted instead of the real criminals, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Rob Portman introduced the Combat Human Trafficking Act. It aims to strengthen the efforts of law enforcement to investigate and prosecute those who pay for sex with trafficking victims, thereby reducing the demand for sex trafficking."
Read article by Shelby Quast from Thomson Reuters Foundation.