Fw: House Bill Would Curb Sex Slavery

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Subject: Fw: House Bill Would Curb Sex Slavery
From: Salamon Alapitvany (salamon@tiszanet.hu)
Date: Thu Apr 06 2000 - 10:13:17 EDT

This is a repost but it refers to the report Melanie posted.

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From: Migration Research <migration@free.fr>
To: Multiple recipients of list STOP-TRAFFIC
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2000 6:03 PM
Subject: House Bill Would Curb Sex Slavery

> This amendment shows the real concerns and interests of the US
> Government.(details in article below).
> Rather than risk contrived incidents of people abusing any system they
> have unanimously excluded people they consider "innocent victims and sex
> slaves" to deportation through the INS civil law procedures.
> There is no real concern to put appropriate procedures in place to screen
> out contrived applications and then assist women who have been abused.
> throw them all out, including the "victims." Who is being helped by this
> how?
> Is there a presumption that in exchange for US residency women would be
> prepared to enter "trafficked" sex work? Certainly I have met Haitian sex
> workers who would be willing to be trafficked to the USA for low paid sex
> work in difficult conditions if after a year they could claim US residency
> as having been "trafficked". The value of US residency is worth being
> "trafficked" for some women.
> Is this amendment a tacit recognition that most trafficked women are sex
> workers or people intending to enter sex work and that the US does not
> to be seen extending a "refugee status" to sex workers. However if you
> laws that outlaw the international and internal movement of sex workers,
> there are consequences, especially if all these people are then
> reconstructed as the victims of organised crime. All victims of crime
> deserve restorative justice and a resolution that does not return them to
> the arena of their previous exploitation.
> So the young woman who gave evidence two weeks ago is a victim of violent
> crime in the USA, but this law will return her to the circumstances in
> she was vulnerable to exploitation in the first place.
> Countries of destination are responsible for the crimes that take place in
> their jurisdiction and to compound the vulnerability of the "victim" by
> deporting her back to her original circumstances is a real crime ! A
> restorative justice system would accept responsibility and work to give
> back real control over her life and certainly keep her removed from her
> original vulnerability.
> What a charter for abusers ! If you report me I might go to prison, but
> will be deported.This amendment empowers the abuser.
> This is a grubby piece of legislation that does nothing for abused women
> sex work and this amendment reveals that those in power realise that if US
> residency was available to "trafficking victims" it would be a
> incentive for foreign women to enter sex work in the US and that most of
> these women would likely be sex workers or people willing to engage in sex
> work if it meant they could get US residency.
> John Davies
> > House Bill Would Curb Sex Slavery
> >
> > .c The Associated Press
> >
> >
> > WASHINGTON (AP) - A House bill designed to protect victims of the
> > growing international sex slavery trade would allow child victims
> > brought to this country to stay in America.
> >
> > As originally written, the measure would have allowed any person,
> > regardless of age, who claimed they were brought to the United States
> > as a sexual slave would have been eligible to stay in the country
> > under certain conditions.
> >
> > But Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Judiciary
> > Committee's immigration panel, offered an amendment limiting
> > eligibility to victims aged 16 and younger. The subcommittee approved
> > the legislation by unanimous voice vote.
> >
> > Without the change, he said, the law could ``open the door to a
> > significant number of fraudulent claims and lead to a massive amnesty
> > for illegal aliens.''
> >
> > The issue of sexual slavery and how to curb what officials say is its
> > rapid growth has been on the minds of Capitol Hill lawmakers.
> >
> > The victims, usually women and children are often told they have jobs
> > waiting for them by a trafficker in their home country. But once they
> > arrive, they are forced into servitude as prostitutes or in the
> > pornography industry.
> >
> > Two weeks ago, a Mexican woman told a Senate committee how her quest
> > for a better life turned her into a sexual servant and made her one
> > of the estimated 50,000 women trafficked to the United States for
> > illicit purposes.
> >
> > The woman said she was forced to work six days a week and 12-hour
> > days, serving between 32 to 35 clients a day.
> >
> > Solid numbers on the scope of the problem are hard to come by, but
> > best government estimates show at least 50,000 women brought into the
> > United States annually for forced labor, the White House said.
> >
> > White House officials said that with as many as 2 million women
> > worldwide forced into sexual slavery, the sex trade seems to be
> > increasingly replacing narcotics as a favored illegal trade activity.
> >
> > The measure would authorize $94.5 million over two years to battle
> > the sex trade. The effort would be monitored by a new multi-agency
> > task force under the State Department.
> >
> > Funding would be used for counseling and treatment of victims and to
> > coordinate efforts with foreign governments and independent agencies.
> >
> > AP-NY-03-08-00 1639EST
> >
> > Copyright 2000 The Associated Press.
> >
> > --
> > "Love is the law, love under will."
> > -Ben Burch
> > benburch@wwa.com
> >
> > Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of human freedom.
> > It is the argument of the tyrant and the creed of the slave.
> > -- William Pitt, 1763
> >

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