In Our Own Backyard: Child Prostitution And Sex Trafficking in the United States, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, February 24, 2010 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Richard J. Durbin: "Our hearing is entitled 'In Our Own Backyard: Child Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in the United States.' The sexual exploitation of our children is a criminal problem; it is a social problem; it is a human rights problem. President Obama has called human trafficking 'a debasement of our common humanity.' President Bush said, 'The trade in human beings for any purpose must not be allowed to thrive in our time.' Congress has worked on a bipartisan basis to combat human trafficking, both in the United States and in foreign lands. During the past decade, we have passed four major anti-trafficking laws with strong bipartisan support to advance our strategy known as the '3 P' approach: punishing traffickers, protecting victims, preventing trafficking crimes. But despite the efforts of Congress and the executive branch, the scourge of human trafficking continues to plague our Nation and our world. There is no more heartbreaking part of this problem than the sexual exploitation of children." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tom Coburn, Richard J. Durbin, Russell D. Feingold, Al Franken, Patrick J. Leahy, Anita Alvarez, Rachel Lloyd, Beth Phillips, Ron Wyden, Ernie Allen, Sam Brownback, Lynne Johnson, and Linda Smith.
S. Hrg. 111-587; Senate Hearing 111-587; Serial No. J-111-74
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