Fourfold Increase in Prosecutions of Child Sex Trafficking Crimes Since 2008
(21 Aug 2013) Federal prosecutions of cases involving the sex trafficking of children have risen 25 percent since last year, and are nearly four times what they were just five years ago. According to the latest available data from the Department of Justice, as of June 2013 there have been a total of 130 new prosecutions of 18 USC 1591 so far this fiscal year. This statute, part of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, applies to anyone who causes a person under the age of 18 to engage in a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, or conduct.

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