Pentagon Hopes to Limit Sex Trafficking with New Rule Against Solicitation
US service members convicted of soliciting a prostitute could face dishonorable discharge and up to one year in prison if a proposed change to the Uniform Code of Military Justice is made law. The Pentagon announced the new regulation earlier this week as part of an effort to tackle the international problem of human trafficking. US troops would be subject to this regulation even in countries where prostitution is legal.
The Washington Post reports that Representative Christopher Smith (R-NJ) recently stated that, in areas such as South Korea and the Balkans, “women and girls are being forced into prostitution for a clientele consisting largely of military services member, government contractors and international peacekeepers.” The Pentagon is also working to ensure that the law would also be applicable to defense contractors, allowing the termination of contracts with companies whose employees are caught patronizing prostitutes, according to the Stars and Stripes.
The Washington Post reports that earlier this summer, NATO officials adopted new guidelines to curtail the encouragement of sex trafficking by alliance peacekeepers who were seeking out prostitutes. There are currently an estimated 800,000 women, men, and children worldwide who are victims of sex trafficking, according to the Stars and Stripes.
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .