Re: US Legislation

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Subject: Re: US Legislation
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Feb 02 2000 - 16:22:13 EST


I'm sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I will try to answer as many
questions as I can.

1st. Some of the bills that you saw were probably old bills. One bill was
introduced a couple of years ago by Slaughter specifically about
Trafficking & Thailand. That bill died. You may have also seen something
called a Resolution, which is not the same thing as a bill. Wellstone &
Slaughter introduced a bill last year about trafficking. This Resolution
became, after some modification, the Bill that Wellstone introduced.
Smiths office also introduced a bill this year on the issue. I think that
DOJ also introduced a bill - not sure if that ended up happening or not.

2nd. Sometimes different Bills on the same subject will be taken apart and
put together to create a new bill. This is not uncommon.

3rd. yes, you're correct in saying that none of the Bills are
comprehensive, they all seem to have a piece that the other one doesn't.

Hope this answers some of your questions.

Melanie..

>I was looking to see what type of legislation the US has passed, or is
>considering (in addition to the two House Resolutions that were recently
>posted here) in trying to combat the trafficking of women and children into
>the sex trade. I discovered 6 bills! Which at first glance is good that this
>issue is getting the attention it deserves, but does anyone know how at the
>end of the day, the submission of so many bills actually effects the type of
>legislation that we can and should expect to see produced. There seems to be
>some redundancy in the wording and the actual proposals in the bills. All
>six of the bills make excellent proposals, yet none of them are entirely
>comprehensive. Is common for the similar bills to be taken apart and pieced
>together to make them more comprehensive? Can someone shed some light on
>this for me? I would appreciate it very much.
>
>Thanks,
>Neeley Main

Melanie Orhant

morhant@igc.org
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