Senator John Cornyn’s eMail Response 10-31-12 on Human Trafficking

Just so that there was no mistake as to whether it was quoted in full text or not, I shrank it and snipped it as a *.jpg file.   Here, below is his response.   Love to hear any comments that you might have….

Well the idea was good to post a snip picture of his letter.  Here it is verbatim from above, for clarity.  Even I am having trouble in reading the words above.

Dear Ms. Krastin:
 
Thank you for contacting me regarding the scourge of human trafficking.  I appreciate the benefit of your comments on this important issue.
 
Human trafficking is modern slavery with an underground economy that generates more than $30 billion worldwide each year.  According to leading anti-trafficking groups, more than 25 million people around the world are victims of either labor trafficking or sex trafficking.  Of these victims, approximately 2 million are children who have been trafficked in the global commercial sex trade.  In the United States alone, there are as many as 100,000 victims of child sex trafficking.  Human trafficking therefore remains one of the most fundamental human rights issues of our time—one which the United States must actively combat at the federal, state, and local levels.  
 
During my time in the Senate, I have sponsored and supported numerous pieces of legislation to help lead the battle against human trafficking.  For instance, I serve as the lead Republican cosponsor of the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act (S. 596), which will provide law enforcement officials with increased resources to target human traffickers and protect victims.  This legislation will increase criminal sentences for child pornographers and allow the United States Marshals Service to track down fugitive sex offenders through the use of administrative subpoenas, while also authorizing a sex trafficking deterrence block grant program that will help create new anti-sex trafficking task forces and fund shelter services for trafficking victims.  Additionally, in 2005, I introduced the End Demand for Sex Trafficking Act, which targeted the commercial sex trade by helping state and local governments to prosecute individuals who engage in the crime of child prostitution.  Several provisions of this bill were signed into law as part of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-164).
 
Furthermore, during the Senate’s consideration of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 1925), I was proud to introduce the Justice for Victims Amendment (S.Amdt. 2086) to that legislation. This amendment would have enhanced criminal penalties for facilitating interstate child prostitution, while calling on the owners of the internet website Backpage.com to shut down the “adult entertainment” section of their site, which has been linked to dozens of cases of child sex trafficking in the United States.  Though the Justice for Victims Amendment was not included in the final Senate-passed bill, I will continue working with my colleagues to ensure that these provisions are signed into law.
 
As you may also know, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 1301) was introduced in the Senate on October 13, 2011.  This bill would reauthorize funding for multiple grant programs aimed at deterring human trafficking and providing services to victims of this crime.  In its current form, however, this legislation does not go far enough toward combatting the evils of child sex trafficking within the United States.  I will work with my colleagues to strengthen S. 1301 and ensure that the United States continues its leadership role in the fight against human trafficking, both at home and abroad.
 
I appreciate the opportunity to represent Texas in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.  
 
Sincerely,
JOHN CORNYN
United States Senator
 
 
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
 
Please sign up for my monthly newsletter at http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/newsletter.
 
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One comment on “Senator John Cornyn’s eMail Response 10-31-12 on Human Trafficking

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