The Senate passed a bill reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the nation’s key federal policy on sex trafficking. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) championed the bill, which features strong demand reduction language, including provisions that mandate demand reduction training in all federally-funded human trafficking training programs. While previous versions of TVPA had wide-ranging and positive effects on identifying victims, funding services, and penalizing pimps and traffickers, they failed to prioritize holding sex buyers accountable.
Now we watch for the House Judiciary Committee to take up Sen. Cornyn’s TVPA reauthorization bill, getting it one step closer to the president’s desk to be signed into law.
Bloggers Note: My coverage attempts to recognize all perspectives even those who have opposing philosophy and views. The post is from a Demand Abolition newsletter. Demand Abolition and CEASE oppose consensual adult sex work, conflating the prostitution and trafficking as one in the same criminal act.