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Rescuing Sex Slaves with Soap and Paper

ARLINGTON, Va. - One group fighting sex trafficking calls itself S.O.A.P. - Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution. And they've actually found a way to use soap to battle this second leading crime in America. This weekend, they gathered a couple of dozen volunteers in Arlington, Virginia across the Potomac from Washington D.C.

Experts say they've seen human trafficking at "every high school in Northern Va."

During my tenure as a detective working human trafficking we've identified a victim from at least every high school and several middle schools the Northern Virginia area, explained Detective Woolf who has been working to combat human trafficking and gang activity in the region for years.

Legislation

1.  TVPA (Trafficking Victims Protection Act) of 2000 is a cornerstone of federal anti-trafficking legislation.  It focuses on prosecution, protection, and prevention and has been enthusiastically reauthorized four times with bipartisan support.  It expires at the end of September 2017.  These bills have been introduced regarding reauthorization:

House:

Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act Introduced

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 28, 2017)-Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and help survivors restore their freedom, today hailed the U.S. Congress for taking the first steps toward reauthorizing the United States' cornerstone anti-human trafficking legislation.

Cosponsors - H.R.2200 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017

Cosponsors of H.R.2200 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017

Senate:

Bipartisan Bill Would Strengthen U.S. Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

Washington, DC-Human Rights First welcomes today's introduction of The Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017 in the Senate. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Senators Cornyn (R-TX), Grassley (R-IA), Feinstein (D-CA), Klobuchar (D-MN), and Corker (R-TN) reauthorizes critical domestic anti-human trafficking programs from the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and strengthens the U.S.

Grassley, Feinstein, Cornyn, Klobuchar, Others Introduce Legislation to Support Victims of Human Trafficking

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that will establish and reauthorize critical programs to prevent human trafficking, promote justice for survivors, provide services to victims and increase federal coordination to enhance the federal government's response to the crisis of exploitation.

2. Summary of Texas legislative session and bills passed/blocked that affect women.  The paragraph about HB 2858 and its amendment  HB 2552 is relevant to trafficking and abortion services. HB 1371 would have allowed minors who are already parents to access birth control without parental consent; it was not passed. Funding for trafficking victims was cut.

85th Legislative Session Wrap-up: Texas Fails Women Once Again

Monday was the last day of the 85th Texas Legislative Session and once again extreme legislators demonstrated a total disregard for the health and wellbeing of Texas women. In total, lawmakers filed nearly 40 anti-abortion regulations -- several of which passed under the now multi-part Senate Bill (SB) 8.

Behind closed doors, Texas lawmakers strip funding for sex trafficking victims

In recent private negotiations between the Texas House and Senate about which public programs to fund and how to fund them, state lawmakers opted to kill a $3 million initiative to rehabilitate victims of sex trafficking.