Rep. Kristi Noem announced today that she is joining a bipartisan effort to combat sex trafficking. H.R. 2805, the End Sex Trafficking Act of 2013, will help eliminate human trafficking rings by targeting the criminals who purchase sexual acts and ensuring they are prosecuted as human traffickers.
"As a mother of three children, there's nothing I find more deplorable than those who choose to purchase or provide innocent children for sex," said Rep. Noem. "While we are making progress, we must do more. We need to go after both those who traffic victims and those who make the industry profitable and demand sexual services. This bill makes it absolutely clear that we should arrest, prosecute and convict both suppliers and purchasers. I'm proud to stand alongside my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and our partners in the Senate, in offering concrete solutions we can take to keep our children safe."
The End Sex Trafficking Act of 2013 will amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) to make it absolutely clear that both recruiters of underage trafficking victims and the criminals who purchase sexual acts from those victims should be arrested, prosecuted and convicted as sex trafficking offenders. It also leverages existing resources by directing federally funded law enforcement task forces that are part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative to also focus on investigating and prosecuting those who solicit children for sex.
Earlier today, Rep. Noem joined Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rick Nolan (D-MN) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) at a press conference announcing this bipartisan plan to end sex trafficking demand.