The Need to Address the Demand Side of Trafficking

U.S. Representative Rosa L. DeLauro of Connecticut is fighting, along with her colleagues, to strengthen “our response to this criminal industry. It is slavery, pure and simple,” DeLauro said. Along with U.S. Representatives Carolyn Maloney of New York and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, DeLauro introduced a resolution committing members to getting more involved in the fight against human trafficking. The resolution declaring “Our Daughters Are Not For Sale” has 84 cosponsors.

DeLauro also is circulating a letter demanding that the Justice Department “implement the demand side of provisions against human trafficking.” She said the focus often is on the supply, not the demand, allowing the social stigma to fall on the victims. DeLauro advocated for more collaboration between law enforcement, juvenile authorities and other agencies. “We need to go after the criminals and we need to go after the abusers,” she said.

Learn more at Rachel Chinapen’s New Haven Register article: DeLauro: Sex trafficking fight needs to address demand side.

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