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STOP ENABLING SEX TRAFFICKERS ACT 2017

July 26, 2017

 

Sherri Jefferson communicated to the Authors/Senators of Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 to address her concerns about the abuses and lack of accountability of those who profit from the sale of victims of sex trafficking, especially in urban corridors. The communication was sent via fax, email and use of social media. The senators will introduce the Bill tomorrow - July 28, 2017 and called for input today!

 

Date:   July 27, 2017

 

To:       Senator Portman (R-OH), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).

 

From:   Sherri Jefferson, Esq. of the African-American Juvenile Justice Project and FemaleNOTFeemale

 

Re:       CDA Section 230

 

On behalf of the African American Juvenile Justice Project and #FemaleNOTFeemale, which advocates for community accountability and responsibility, juvenile justice reform, youth leadership and for victims of sex trafficking, we hereby support clarification for legislation, which dismantles and disables commercial entities from profiting from sex trafficking.  This includes the establishment of websites and companies who escape criminal and civil liability for their third-party involvement in sex trafficking.

 

As the founder of AAJJP and FemaleNOTFeemale, I travel this country and abroad to educate policy makers and communities about the impact of sex trafficking. Via Project #17Ps[1], we incorporate the services of all stakeholders in eradicating sex trafficking.  We highly recommend that language is added to CDA Section 230, which states that it was never meant to automatically shield websites that engage in the crime of human trafficking from a civil or state criminal lawsuit.

 

In fact, our research establishes that because of the role of the hotel industries, taxi and limousine services and websites and businesses, which promotes Escort services, Temporary Agencies, Modeling and Casting Companies, Video and Photographers, and Music Production companies, that sex trafficking has and continues to plague our communities. 

 

We coined the term “JUST” and since 2001, we understand the adverse impact of “Juvenile Urban Sex Trafficking” and Urban Sex Trafficking upon our community and society.  We recognize that businesses are the profiteers of sex trafficking and that the pimps, panders and purchasers of victims of sex trafficking are generally on the low-end of the scale.

 

Recognizing that there is a difference between “prostitution,” which is consensual and “sex trafficking aka sexual servitude,” which is forced sexual acts for profit by duress, coercion, etc. Most victims of sex trafficking in urban corridors and throughout this country are children. They need relief. Many of them are developmentally or mentally disabled. Many of them also suffer from pain associated with being laid on their back and split open with anal or vaginal tearing.

Many of these women and children have had abortions, unwanted pregnancies and births of children to unknown fathers. They also suffer from STDs and HIV/AIDS, and drug and alcohol abuse and overdoses. These children also suffer from mental, emotional, physical and psychological abuse by those who sell and profit.

 

Notwithstanding, these outcomes have adversely impacted the federal and state economy.  Every agency must budget and appropriate funding to address the adverse impact of sex trafficking, to include but not limited to, education, juvenile justice, health and human services, law enforcement, and the judiciary. The cost of abuse upon our society is uncalculatable. To this end, profiteers should be held criminally and civilly accountable.

 

 

 

[1] The African American Juvenile Justice Project and #FemaleNotFEEmale 17Ps program is premised upon the role of the Pimp, Panderer, Prostitute, Purchaser, Profiteer, Parent, Pastor, Principal, Police, Prosecutor, Prison, Physician, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Pharmaceutical, Press, and Politicians in ending juvenile urban sex trafficking.

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