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NEW BILL TOUGHENS LAWS ON TRAFFICKERS

October 1, 2000 · 

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The House and Senate approved a measure that toughens laws against the trafficking of women and children for prostitution and sweatshop labor and helps states and localities fight domestic violence. The passing of this bill is a step forward in the fight against trafficking and child prostitution.

The bill establishes specific laws against trafficking The bill also includes strong protection and aid for the violators can be sentenced to prison for 20 years to women or children brought to the United States and life, depending on the severity of the crime. They can held in bondage. Often, they are arrested and also be forced to make full restitution to their victims, deported when they are discovered since they are not paying them the salary they would have been due for legal residents of the United States. their months or years of involuntary service.

In a recent report, the CIA estimated that between 45,000 and 50,000 women and children are brought to the United States each year under false pretenses, and forced to work as servitude in sweatshops or brothels. for various forms of aid and prostitutes, abused laborers or servants.

Few laws in this country are aimed directly at people who deliver or control women or children for the purpose of slavery or servitude in sweatshops or brothels.

Few state or federal laws are aimed directly at people who deliver or control women or children for the purpose of involuntary slavery or servitude in sweatshops or brothels. Prosecutors often assemble cases using related laws, like document fraud or illegal interstate commerce, and accept penalties that they believe are too lenient for the offense.

“We punish the person for the act of being trafficked, said Senator Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican and one of the bill’s sponsors Victims will now be eligible for various forms of aids and special visas.

The measure would also require the State Department to report each year on the efforts other nations make to stop trafficking and gives the government the authority, starting in 2003, to withhold some foreign aid to countries found not to be making reasonable efforts.
[Adapted from the New York Times]

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