Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act 2008/11 Or otherwise known as the funding for poverty pimps and/or the sex police.
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Title: To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2008 through 2011 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, to enhance measures to combat forced labor, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lantos, Tom [CA-12] (introduced 10/18/2007) Cosponsors (42)
Latest Major Action: 11/20/2007 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 281.
House Reports: 110-430 Part 1
COSPONSORS(42), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]: (Sort: by date)
Rep Ackerman, Gary L. [NY-5] – 10/29/2007
Rep Allen, Thomas H. [ME-1] – 10/31/2007
Rep Bachus, Spencer [AL-6] – 11/15/2007
Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28] – 10/23/2007
Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-9] – 11/15/2007
Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5] – 10/23/2007
Rep Chabot, Steve [OH-1] – 10/23/2007
Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-11] – 11/15/2007
Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] – 10/18/2007
Rep Delahunt, William D. [MA-10] – 10/31/2007
Rep Drake, Thelma D. [VA-2] – 10/18/2007
Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-17] – 10/29/2007
Rep Fortenberry, Jeff [NE-1] – 10/23/2007
Rep Fortuno, Luis G. [PR] – 11/15/2007
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] – 11/7/2007
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] – 10/18/2007
Rep Hooley, Darlene [OR-5] – 11/1/2007
Rep Inglis, Bob [SC-4] – 10/29/2007
Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] – 10/23/2007
Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] – 10/18/2007
Rep Lungren, Daniel E. [CA-3] – 10/29/2007
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] – 10/18/2007
Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11] – 10/31/2007
Rep Miller, George [CA-7] – 10/18/2007
Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] – 10/29/2007
Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] – 10/31/2007
Rep Murphy, Christopher S. [CT-5] – 11/9/2007
Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8] – 10/18/2007
Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] – 10/23/2007
Rep Pence, Mike [IN-6] – 10/31/2007
Rep Peterson, Collin C. [MN-7] – 10/31/2007
Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] – 10/18/2007
Rep Ramstad, Jim [MN-3] – 11/15/2007
Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-18] – 10/18/2007
Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-27] – 10/24/2007
Rep Simpson, Michael K. [ID-2] – 10/31/2007
Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-13] – 10/23/2007
Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] – 10/18/2007
Rep Solis, Hilda L. [CA-32] – 10/23/2007
Rep Sutton, Betty [OH-13] – 10/29/2007
Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL-20] – 10/29/2007
Rep Wolf, Frank R. [VA-10] – 10/18/2007
One of the many reasons why We oppose this bad legislation
Nov. 29, 2007
Local Law-enforcement could soon have unwilling partners: FBI agents.
The Justice Department is fighting legislation that would expand federal law to cover prostitution cases, saying that the move would divert agents from human trafficking crimes. Justice officials said the law’s passage would force them to bring cases in federal courts as well.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee this month approved the legislation, which has bipartisan support and is expected to be taken up by the full House next week.
The Bush administration has targeted the sex industry by calling it trafficking and deciding that it is a major priority. 10 federal agencies reporting to a Cabinet-level task force chaired by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. But there has been heated debate, over whether prostitutes should be considered trafficking victims.
We say No, that all erotic laborers have the right to be self determined in negotciating for our labor and our work conditions.
Federal officials define trafficking as holding someone in a workplace through force, fraud or coercion, elements that are required to prove a trafficking case under federal law as it is written now. But the definition of “Trafficking” includes all commercial sex even though studies show that most forced labor occurs in the domestic servant industry.
But those who are recieving money from the funding through the past versions of the Trafficing Victim Protection Act argue that all prostitutes, even those not forced to turn tricks, should be defined as trafficking victims and their pimps subject to federal prosecution because they would be better able to profit off the criminalization of prostitution and migrant workers easier.
The government estimated in 1999 that about 50,000 slaves were arriving in the country every year. That estimate was revised downward in 2004 to 14,500 to 17,500 a year. Yet since 2000, and despite 42 Justice Department task forces and more than $150 million in federal dollars to find them, about 1,400 people have been certified as human trafficking victims in this country, a tiny fraction of the original estimates. That’s about $107,142.86 per trafficked victim that poverty pimps (law enforcement and social service organizations) are making off of each victim.
The House legislation cites the government’s current estimate of up to 17,500 victims a year, but the Justice Department, in a Nov. 9 letter to congressional leaders, “questions the reliability” of the numbers. “Such findings, without a full body of evidence, are counter-productive,” the letter says.
The letter also expresses opposition to the provision that Justice officials said would expand federal jurisdiction to cover prostitution offenses, which the department calls unnecessary and “a diversion from Federal law enforcement’s core anti-trafficking mission.”
Poverty Pimps like Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) has said that she strongly supports the bill. “We want to crack down on sex trafficking, and DOJ can allocate its resources to go after the most serious cases,” she said.
Jack McDevitt, an associate dean in Northeastern University’s College of Criminal Justice, who has studied local law enforcement’s response to trafficking, said the Justice Department’s concerns are warranted.
“Cases in local prostitution and pimping are better handled by local law enforcement, which have the contacts in the community and are going to find more intelligence about these crimes,” he said. “Every major police department in the United States has had a vice unit for the past 50 years.”