The House approved by voice vote and sent
to the Senate a bill that would increase the
penalties for sex traffickers and offer more
protection within the United States for victims
of the sex industry.
The bill, authored by Rep. Chris Smith
(R-NJ) and Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH),
authorizes $94.5 million over two years,
including $75 million for victim assistance and
international programs designed to raise
awareness of sexual trafficking in women and
girls. The bill also includes a requirement that
the president establish an international task
force to monitor and combat sex trafficking.
Nearly 50,000 women and girls are brought
into the United States each year for sexual
exploitation. Under this measure, traffickers
could face life imprisonment in cases involving
kidnapping, aggravated sexual abuse or
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Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries, including a delegation from the United States. . . .