THE WRONG LAW AIMED AT THE WRONG PEOPLE
An analysis of 2013 Nevada Sex Trafficking Bill, AB67 reveals failed policy:
1) Too broadly written
If you really care about sex trafficking victims, stop conflating consensual adult sex with child sex slavery.
2) Hidden agenda
If you really want to help victims of sex trafficking, don’t let big government benefit off their victimization.
3) Unintended consequences
If you really want to stop sex trafficking, nothing in this bill will work because it all has unintended consequences that further causes harm to already vulnerable people.
Read Nevada Assembly Bill 67 as proposed here: http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/77th2013/Bills/AB/AB67.pdf
In its current form, Nevada Sex Trafficking Bill AB67 causes more harm than good by defining innocent people as sex traffickers, making certain defenses not available in a prosecution, and providing financial benefit to those outside the affected population. Where are the rights? We need real protection of vulnerable people from human rights abuses, not further abuse under the guise of big government protection.
Page 4, lines 17-20 refer to several state and federal provisions that the bill defines as human trafficking as written with clickable links below:
Of particular concern is that NRS 201.300 (Pandering) and 201.320 (Living from earnings of prostitute) contain vague definitions and are redefined as “sex trafficking,” thus carrying harsher penalties and requiring registration as a sex offender. A definitive ruling determining who is covered by the law is not possible based on the standards provided. Does living off the earnings of a prostitute include children and other family members supported by the earnings of a woman working legally in a Nevada brothel?
Studies show 4% of abuse of youths in the sex trade happens at the hands of pimps and 30% is at the hands of law enforcement. Why give more power to authorities to deal with exploitation/abuse of which they are the biggest perpetrators? Where are the public ombudsman or strict internal law enforcement reviewers?
Quote from a youth in the sex trade based on research discussed by Anthony Marcus from John Jay College:
“People call you a survivor when you leave the life; I am a survivor while I’m in it.”
FACT: Most youth do not enter the sex trade due to pimps/traffickers but to survive after running away from an abusive home or being kicked out due to LGBTQ intolerance. Where is the social support?
Contact members of the Nevada Legislative Committee on Judiciary who will be deciding this bill: https://www.leg.state.nv.us//Session/77th2013/Committees/A_Committees/JUD.cfm
2013 Nevada Guide to Legislative Advocacy (via League of Women Voters of Las Vegas Valley) http://www.nved.org/guide-to-legislative-advocacy/
Three simple steps to ending sex trafficking:
1) Raise minimum wage/increase sustainable wage jobs
2) More affordable housing
3) Equitable educational opportunities
The major driver of human trafficking is vast economic inequality.
"I would no more be a Master than a slave. It does not conform to my idea of Democracy." Abraham Lincoln 1856.