1/9/15 -- Thomson Reuters -- "U.S. to strengthen laws protecting sex trafficking victims"
Dina was 14 when she ran away from her New York home and started a relationship with a man who manipulated her into selling sex to strangers. When the police found her, instead of arresting her pimp and the men who sexually exploited her, they arrested Dina. 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 more...]