Congress Holds Hearing on Child Sex Trafficking
On Wednesday, the House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on DOMESTIC child sex trafficking.
At the hearing, former Congresswoman Linda Smith testified that more than 100,000 children are exploited in the sex trade in the United States every year:
“Domestic minor sex trafficking is the name we have given to the sexual exploitation of U.S. citizen children through prostitution, pornography and sexual entertainment,” she said. “The name reflects the fact that this exploitation is human trafficking as defined in the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. The crime therefore is a federal crime of trafficking and the victims should receive the full range of protections, services and rights outlined in the TVPA.”
Smith explained that victims of domestic minor sex trafficking – both girls and boys (whose average initial exploitation age is 13) – are frequently treated as juvenile delinquents or adult prostitutes. These children are trained by their pimps to lie to the authorities and are often provided with phony identification, which often boosts their age.
Also at the hearing, Criagslist announced that they were permanently suspending their “adult services” ads in the United States.
Visit the Committee’s website for links to the witness list and hearing testimony.