This summary was taken from the Polaris Project website. "The Trafficking Victims Protection Act, introduced in 2000, greatly increased America’s efforts to protect victims, assist survivors, improve prevention methods and successfully prosecute traffickers. Even though the TVPA has been reauthorized three times by bipartisan majorities, it was allowed to expire in September of 2011. Below are some of the provisions included in S. 1301 that would better protect victims.
Create programs to help foreign governments investigate labor recruitment centers where trafficking victims may be recruited;
Encourage the distribution and posting of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline number within federal agencies as well as by states;
Create programs to assist minor victims of sex trafficking through grant programs to states; and Prohibit the provision of peacekeeping operation funds to countries that use child soldiers.
It is of the utmost importance that this bill gets passed to maintain the standards established in 2000."
To read more about this and other similar measures please go to Polaris Project. You can quick tweet to Senators who have dropped the ball on this. You can also write original tweets and use the hashtag #EndSlavery.
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