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July 17, 2019

Child sex trafficking prosecutions in decline under Trump administration
By Derek Staahl

Despite the high-profile charges against financier Jeffrey Epstein, federal prosecutors are pursuing fewer child sex trafficking cases nationwide under the Trump administration, according to researchers at Syracuse University. Federal prosecutors are on pace to file 162 child sex trafficking cases in fiscal 2019, a 26.7 percent drop from last year and a 32.2 percent drop from five years ago, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse or TRAC. Prosecutions have declined in back-to-back years under the Trump administration after a spike at the end of President Obama’s term, the study found. Still, the number of projected prosecutions in 2019 is significantly higher than 10 years ago, up 90.6 percent.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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