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
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .