US lawmakers have introduced a bill to strengthen federal laws against child trafficking.
Earlier this week, the End Sex Trafficking Act of 2013 was introduced to amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. It will expand the range of conduct punished as sex trafficking, adding the buyer (demand) to those who can be federally prosecuted. The End Sex Trafficking Act of 2013 mandates that both the trafficker and those who seek sex with children will be prosecuted under federal law. This bill has bipartisan support, and sponsors John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) will be signed into law later this year.
This bookends a big week in the field of combating human trafficking, as earlier this week, the FBI announced the rescue of more than 100 sexually exploited children as a result of a nationwide sweep of sex traffickers. Operation Cross Country took place in 76 cities across the US. The sweep resulted in the rescue of more than 100 sexually exploited children and the arrests of 150 offenders.