FW: TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN: US Congress Targets Sex Trade

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Subject: FW: TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN: US Congress Targets Sex Trade
From: Gillian Caldwell (caldwellg@LCHR.ORG)
Date: Tue Jun 22 1999 - 15:02:11 EDT


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From: Dorsey, James E [mailto:jdorsey@fredlaw.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 1999 9:39 AM
To: INTHUMRIGHTS@ABANET.ORG
Subject: FW: TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN: US Congress Targets Sex Trade

Monday, June 21, 1999 UN Wire

                   TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN: US Congress Targets Sex
                   Trade; More

                Three new bills aimed at combating trafficking in
women are being considered in the US Congress.
                The proposed legislation is expected to make it "more
risky" for smugglers to lure women and girls to the United States and
force them to work as prostitutes.
                Representative Christopher Smith, a New Jersey
Republican, and Representative Louise Slaughter, a New York Democrat,
have each introduced a bill in the House of Representatives, and
Senator Paul Wellstone, a Minnesota Democrat, has introduced a
companion proposal in the Senate.
                According to Smith, current laws do not deal
adequately with criminals in the sex trade: "Even the most brutal
criminals are punished under laws that apply to far less serious
crimes, if they are punished at all. Many of the victims -- the people
the law should protect -- are often punished more harshly than the
traffickers."
                Smith's bill calls for action against countries that
fail to meet minimum standards for combating the sex-slave trade. It
also treats traffickers as rapists and recommends fines and penalties
up to life in prison. The Slaughter measure calls for the monitoring
of the sex-slave trade for assistance to victims in the US.
                A broad coalition of groups supports the proposals,
including religious groups, human rights organizations and children's
and labor groups, the Washington Times reported.

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S.600
SPONSOR: Sen Wellstone, Paul D. (introduced 03/11/99)

Senate Actions

Mar 11, 99:
     Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

H.R.1238
SPONSOR: Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh (introduced 03/23/99)

Mar 23, 99:
     Referred to the Committee on International Relations, and in
addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be
subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration
of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee
concerned.
     Referred to the Committee on International Relations, and in
addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be
subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration
of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee
concerned.

FW by Harvetta Asamoah


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