Authors: Geneva Brown
Abstract: Thousands of women and children trafficked into the U.S. are forced intoprostitution. Women and children experience modern day sex slavery. Women who are forced to work in the sex trade fare worse than other trafficking victims. Women working as prostitutes suffer from trauma, depression and anxiety. Children are an even greater vulnerable subpopulation. The United States in one of the top three markets for human sex trafficking. A coordinated response from the international, federal and state law enforcement is needed. Human sex traffickers should be likened to sex offenders and have restricted civil liberties such as residence, travel and occupation. Traffickers who specialize in the exploitation of children are being treated as sex offenders since they procure youth for prostitution. Laws should be extended to treat all sex traffickers as sex offenders. Once a trafficker is prosecuted, an international database should be maintained to track the whereabouts of the trafficker as the U.S. has done with sex offenders. An international trafficking registry would have a deterrent effect.