Senate Bill 1354, the End Sex Trafficking Act of 2013, was introduced at the end of July. Authored by John Cornyn (R- TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D- MN), this bill would amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act “to clarify the range of conduct punished as sex trafficking”. Anyone who has “obtained, patronized, or solicited” minors for sex would be considered sex traffickers and be subject to the penalties of sex traffickers, which varies between 10 years and life in prison. This proposed legislation would address the issue of DEMAND and be a strong deterrent of DMST.
While the bill was introduced into the Senate on July 24, Congress adjourned in August. There are currently only two sponsors of the bill, and we need more support!
PATH NC would like you to contact North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan to support S1354. They were both co-sponsors of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act passed earlier this year, and it would be a great step toward battling human trafficking in our country if they would both also support the End Sex Trafficking Act of 2013.