Sex trafficking survivor Shandra Woworuntu joined U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) to advocate for a bill that would send the IRS after pimps and traffickers for tax evasion, and provide aid and protection to survivors.
The Human Trafficking Fraud Enforcement Act of 2014 would give the IRS more funding and resources to target pimps and traffickers for taxable income, and give financial aid and whistleblower protections to survivors of human trafficking. Maloney noted that Al Capone was eventually busted using tax evasion charges, and the IRS can also be used to follow the money and catch sex traffickers too.
“We must use every tool at our disposal to crack down on the underground commercial sex economy,” Maloney said in a news release. “This illegal industry is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. While Shandra, an inspiration to all of us, was able to escape her trafficker, who was later imprisoned, she struggled financially for a significant amount of time, as no compensation was ever provided to her.”
Learn more the CBS New York article: Rep. Maloney Pushes Bill That Would Send IRS Against Human Traffickers.