by Amanda Kloer
Today, thousands of advocates from across the country are coming together to take action against child sex trafficking in America. They’re calling their representatives in Congress, signing petitions, and supporting the grassroots campaign to pass national legislation that will provide critical services to American children who have been forced into the commercial sex industry. Will you join them?
In America, at least 100,000 children are forced into prostitution each year. With increased resources and an understanding that child prostitution is child trafficking, thousands of those kids are now being rescued. However, only a handful of shelter beds for those thousands currently exist. That means trafficked children have no place to go for safety, shelter, and therapeutic services. Too often, this lack of resources means law enforcement arrests these young victims as juvenile offenders, simply to get them to safety. This lack of resources means crime victims are being imprisoned while their traffickers and predators remain free.
But today, you can end these injustices.
Today is the National Day of Action to pass the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act, sponsored by the National Coalition to End Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. This legislation will mean more young domestic sex trafficking survivors will have access to the shelter and restorative care services they need. It will also increase resources for law enforcement to arrest and prosecute traffickers and predators who victimize children.
This law can absolutely become a reality for the hundreds of thousands of trafficked children in the U.S. The Senate bill is currently awaiting a vote in the Senate and the House bill picked up steam after the Sept 15th House Judiciary hearing where Craigslist announced the permanent closure of their erotic ads in the U.S. But time is running out for the current 111th Congress, and it is critical to pass this legislation, especially in the House, before the session ends.
Here’s how you can make this historic bill to fight child sex trafficking in America become law:
- Join advocates across the country today to make the phones on Capitol Hill ring off the hook and send members of the U.S. House of Representatives a clear and united message: The number of children being trafficked in the U.S. is on the rise, and it’s time for Congress to act! You can find a sample script and call-in information here.
- Sign the Change.org petition asking your representative to support the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act.
- Share the National Day of Action on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks (check out the buttons at the top of this post) to spread the word and inspire more people to join the fight against child sex trafficking in America.
We have an opportunity to create historic change and reduce child sex trafficking in America. If you’ve participated in the National Day of Action, post a comment below about who you called and why. Together, we can end domestic minor sex trafficking in the U.S.