Last night, the Senate adjourned without passing S.2925, the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2010. After passing in the Senate and the House with bipartisan support, the Senate failed to act on behalf of children exploited through prostitution and suffering–without the shelter, services and access to justice this bill promised.
It is terribly unfortunate we could not get the much-needed funding and resources for our children; however we have been heard on Capitol Hill. Advocacy throughout 2010 led to three Congressional briefings and two committee hearings on the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking. Congressional offices were flooded with emails and calls, including Change.org petitions that gathered more than 3,000 signatures, in support of this bill. This issue was noticed!
We extend our sincerest thanks to all the champions in Congress and the advocates around the country! We will continue to fight for the rights of the young victims of sex trafficking in our nation, and we ask you to continue to join us in 2011 and beyond.