Innocence for Sale: Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Hearing Before U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, March 26, 2014 [open pdf - 495KB]
This is from the March 26, 2014 hearing on "Innocence for Sale" held before the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. From the opening statement of Bob Goodlatte: "When criminals exploit children for their own financial gain or personal pleasure, they rob them of their innocence and destroy their childhood. Pimps and the adults who purchase these services -- both more accurately referred to as 'traffickers' -- sexually exploit children through street prostitution, and in adult strip clubs, brothels, hotel rooms, and other locations. It goes without saying that no child should be subjected to this horrifying and inhumane violence. Sadly, it happens across the country every single day. The demand for the prostitution of children, and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation of minors, is steadily growing. While some traffickers are individuals working for themselves, minor sex trafficking is more often perpetrated by broader criminal syndicates or gangs that have realized it is more profitable to prostitute a child than to commit other crimes. For example, drugs can only be sold once, whereas minor children can be sold multiple times each day. Because of this growth, it is estimated that human trafficking in the United States is now a $9.8 billion dollar industry. We must work together to put this detestable industry out of business." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bob Goodlatte, Michael Harpster, Chris Heid, Withelma "T" Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, and Donna Quigley Groman.
Serial No. 113-80
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