Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri applauds the Missouri Attorney Generals’ office for taking the lead in a recent human trafficking operation rescue. Human trafficking is a modern plague and CWA works against this travesty as a part of our seven core issues. We are thankful that our Attorney General’s office continues to fight the fight.
The crime of sexual exploitation is one that plagues our state; of all the cases of human trafficking in Pennsylvania reported in 2019, 85% were instances of sex trafficking. Therefore, I am writing to you today to share several good pieces of legislation related to sexual exploitation that is moving through the Pennsylvania legislature. Each of the following bills has passed the House and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.
- HB 753 reclassifies the crime of trafficking infants as a first-degree felony rather than its current standing as a first-degree misdemeanor.
- HB 1096 allows victims of human trafficking the ability to bring lawsuits against their offenders either in the county where the victim lives or in the county where the trafficking occurred.
- HB 1130 requires traffickers convicted of subjecting their victims to sexual servitude to be registered as sex offenders under Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
- HB 1147 would expand the list of sexual offenses that obligate participation in a therapy program while incarcerated to decrease recidivism among sex traffickers.
We ask that you partner with us in advocating for these bills through contacting your state senators to vocalize your support and through seeking the Lord in prayer.
- Call or e-mail your state senator and ask him or her to support HB 753, HB 1096, HB 1130, and HB 1147. Use this link to find out who represents you in the state legislature. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Pennsylvania, be sure to let them know.
- Forward this e-mail to like-minded friends and family. Encourage them to pray and take action on this important legislation.
Please pray: Dear Heavenly Father, we ask that you work in the hearts of our state senators to secure justice for victims of sexual exploitation. Lord, impress on them Your words from Proverbs 21:3, “To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
From knees to feet,
Dilonna M. Coran
Two good bills addressing the issue of sex trafficking will be heard in committee Tuesday, February 16. Lisa Gennaro, Concerned Women for America of South Dakota Legislative Liaison and member of the West River Sex Trafficking Task Force, testified on SB126 Thursday, February 11. The final vote in committee will be Tuesday, February 16, along with consideration of SB148.
SB126 will establish the crime of possession, manufacturing, or distribution of obscene dolls. Child sex dolls can lead to sexual desires with live children and then abuse and traffick them. Manufactures of child sex dolls may argue that dolls offer a safe outlet for “urges” that would otherwise be carried out on living children. This argument is ridiculous! According to Peter Fagan from John Hopkins School of Medicine, these dolls encourage abuse of real children. Let’s keep this state grounded in morals and decency and protect our children.
SB148 will establish the crime of torture of a human trafficking victim and provide a penalty therefor. SB148 will make it a Class 2 felony for torture, pain, or mental pain inflicted upon any person. Victims of human trafficking suffer from the time they are coerced and abused into doing acts for their handler. Human trafficking takes a person’s dignity and freedom away. The handler needs to be held accountable for their actions.
ACTION: Contact your state senator and ask him or her to support SB148 and SB126.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Call the Senate lobby at (605) 773-3821. You may email your senator here. If you do not know who your senate is, click here. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota, be sure to let them know.
PRAYER: Father, we ask that You protect victims of the crime of sexual abuse from further harm and them deliver them from their captors. Let them know that they are created in Your image and that You love them. We pray that those who do this evil against humanity will be deeply convicted and cease their crime.