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July 18, 2019

Child Sex Trafficking Prosecutions Down Under Trump
By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

U.S. sex-trafficking prosecutions have fallen since Donald Trump took office, according to a new analysis from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. "Prosecutions for sex trafficking of children under a law used against financier Jeffrey Epstein last week are down 26.7 percent over the past fiscal year," TRAC reports. "This is the second year in a row that prosecutions for sex trafficking of children under [federal criminal law] have fallen—a reversal of the grown trend during the Obama years." Federal prosecutors brought 49 percent of underage sex trafficking cases referred to them in Obama's final full year, according to TRAC records. For the 2017 fiscal year (October 2016 through September 2017), it was 46 percent; for fiscal year 2018, it was down to 42 percent. For October 2018 through May 2019, the rate had fallen to 39 percent.

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