The House International Relations Committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would provide new penalties for international traffickers in women and children. 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 attempted murder.
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 and gives him the authority to deny non-humanitarian aid to governments that do not take steps to eliminate trafficking in women and girls.
Victims of sexual trafficking are tricked, deceived and even sold into indentured servitude as they are moved across national boundaries. Usually they are poor, desperate women and girls trying to survive and help their destitute families. Vulnerable, they are taken advantage of and abused by professional traffickers.
Media Resources: Feminist Majority Foundation and AP - November 10, 1999
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In - Ashraf Ghani, who has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries and a delegation from the United States. . . .