DOJ Initiative Focused on Buyers of Sex From Trafficking Victims
Trafficking in persons is an offense against human dignity. Victims – or survivors – are treated like commodities, and are bought and sold repeatedly over a period of days to often times, years. These survivors are often denied basic human needs and more often denied their dignity and freedom and are forced to live at the mercy of their traffickers. They endure psychological, physical, and mental abuse. When survivors are recovered, some live with the physical, mental, and emotional scars of the abuse for the rest of their lives. For many, it is a lifetime burden that must be dealt with every day.
I recently received the following information from the NE FL Human Trafficking Coalition. The Department of Justice will be focusing not only on prosecuting those that institute forced prostitution and human trafficking, but also the people who buy the sexual services. A great a move that will hopefully spill over into the civil legal arena.
Combating Human Trafficking Demand
The Department of Justice is launching a Demand Reduction Initiative to target those who purchase sex from minors and from victims of trafficking by force, fraud or coercion. Here are the highlights, outlined by Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy Beth Williams at Shared Hope's national JuST Conference in October:
- First, the Department will continue to dismantle and disrupt the online marketplace for sex trafficking. Targeting the online marketplace that feeds sex trafficking has the potential to drive down demand by removing one of the most frequently-used channels for obtaining victims.
- Second, the Department will look to launch the next phase of Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams, or ACTeams.
The ACTeams are highly regarded for their demonstrated success.
- Third, the Department will issue new Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, or SORNA, regulations to facilitate prosecution and deter child sex tourism.
- Fourth, the Department will target key locations where we suspect human trafficking occurs—especially places with vulnerable populations, like Tribal women and girls.
You can read more about the DOJ initiative by clicking here