“Human trafficking is an offense against human dignity, a crime in which human beings, many of them teenagers and young children, are bought and sold and often sexually abused by violent criminals. Our nation is determined to fight and end this modern form of slavery.”
So said President George W. Bush as he signed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 (H.R. 972) in a ceremony today at the White House.
Dr. Janice Crouse, Senior Fellow of Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LaHaye Institute and a leader of the coalition that worked for the bill’s passage, attended the event.
“This bill will attack the problem at its root because the ‘demand’ for prostitutes is the driving force behind the horrendous, but very profitable, crime of sex trafficking,” said Crouse.
The TVPRA of 2005 seeks to control domestic sex trafficking by punishing the perpetrators–pimps, customers, and traffickers-instead of the victims, such as women forced to sell themselves.
“Without people buying sex, prostitution could not survive,” Crouse said.
This important piece of legislation strengthens the existing provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which fights labor and sex trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery.
For the President’s full statement at today’s signing, click here.
For more information on sex trafficking, see CWA’s publications: