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Requiring a person in prostitution to “prove” she/he is a sex trafficking victim creates an additional layer of stigma that further marginalizes these victims and causes harm. The federal government should not be doing anything that may worsen the prognosis of sex trafficking victims’ abilities to recover and live meaningful, productive lives.
Many survivor-led organizations are experts in the areas of prevention, demand, and services to victims. If this Strategic Plan is to be effective, survivor-led organizations must be included as partners in the process.
Address need for education and rehabilitation of sex buyers.
To enhance the level of research relating to demand, the relevant federal research agencies including the National Institute of Justice, National Institute of Health and other agencies involving mental health and education should convene an expert group of advisors, including survivors, to encourage more robust research on preventing and deterring demand. This would reduce the silos between researchers and practitioners ...more »
Anti-trafficking efforts must be anchored in the reality of survivors’ experiences and knowledge
Cooperative efforts across the political spectrum should be revitalized.
Increase partnering with medical, public health, and social sciences and applied mental health academic programs and related professional associations to increase training for health professionals on identifying and meeting the needs of human trafficking victims.
Require that state curriculums for health and or sex education include a unit on the dangers of, and links between, prostitution and trafficking.
Enable a system for shadow reports from NGOs, survivor groups, service providers and individual experts to highlight gaps and challenges and provide ongoing oversight for effective implementation of this Plan.
Expand the Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking partnership to include associations that represent the hospitality, restaurant, tourism and trucking industries or create a parallel structure for these industries. Develop and conduct training programs for these audiences to include prevention and combating demand.
The tier ratings in the Trafficking in Persons report must continue to be reliable and anti-trafficking efforts must be effectively evaluated and reflected in the tier rating of the various countries. Weakening the reliability of those ratings would weaken the whole anti-trafficking movement and set anti-trafficking efforts back dramatically.
Support advanced training to law enforcement personnel and guardians ad litem assigned to assist victims in accessing the benefits and services available to trafficking survivors under federal and state statutes and regulations.