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October 28, 2020

Child Sex Trafficking Cases in ‘Significant’ Decline During Trump Era
By Nancy Bilyeau

The number of federal prosecutions for child sex trafficking has “significantly declined” during the Trump Administration after climbing steadily during the Obama years, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a non-partisan research organization at Syracuse University. There were 180 new prosecutions where child sex trafficking was the lead charge during fiscal year 2020, TRAC reported; in 2016, at the start of the Trump presidency, there were 273. Criminal referrals to U.S. Attorney offices during this entire period are substantially larger than those which federal prosecutors decide to file in court, said the TRAC report.

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