Thursday, July 15, 2010

US/Washington DC: Domestic Trafficking of Minors Briefing Notice

BRIEFING NOTICE:
Domestic Sex Trafficking of Minors

The Victims’ Rights Caucus and the Human Trafficking Caucus cordially invite you to attend a briefing to discuss the pervasive and troubling issue of domestic minor sex trafficking of minors.

When: Monday July 19 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: 2220 Rayburn House Office Building

Speakers:
Former Congresswoman Linda Smith
, Founder and President, Shared Hope International
Sergeant Ryan Long, Vice Division, Seattle Police Department
Ernie Allen, President and CEO, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Emily Fitchpatrick, Director, Hope House/On Eagles Wings, North Carolina
Sidney Ford, Founder and Executive Director, You Are Never Alone, Maryland

While many know the horrors of international sex trafficking, sexual violence and trafficking of American girls remains largely invisible. Experts estimate that each year at least 100,000 children in the United States are exploited through prostitution.
These girls who are bought and sold for sex are just that - girls, most between the ages of 12 and 14. They are sexually exploited for their youth, routinely raped, beaten into submission and even tattooed like cattle by their pimps. Shockingly, those who traffic American girls are rarely prosecuted.

Domestic minor sex trafficking is a form of modern day slavery. Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Christopher Smith have introduced H.R. 5575, the Domestic Minor Sex trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2010 to provide the framework for the targeted and effective solutions to this problem.

We invite you to attend and learn more about solutions to address this issue.
For more information or questions, please contact Amy English at amy@sharedhope.org or 703.351.8062.

This briefing is open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there!