The U.S. Department of Defense has characterized human trafficking as the world's fastest growing crime. The sex trafficking industry pulls in an estimated $99 billion each year. While trafficking victims can be individuals of both genders, the majority of victims are women and girls. According to data from the UN, 51 percent of victims are women while another 20 percent are girls, accounting for 71 percent of victims. With prostitution and related convictions on their records, sex trafficking survivors face significant barriers to obtaining housing, employment, loans, education, public benefits, custody of their children, and medical care, not to mention dealing with the negative social stigma that comes from being labeled a “criminal” and “prostitute.”
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1. "Criminal Record Relief Laws" enable sex trafficking victims to clear their criminal records of certain offenses that occurred as a result of their being trafficked.
2. When a sex trafficking victim is charged with a crime that directly relates to their trafficking, "Affirmative Defense Laws" enable victims to assert that they were a “victim” of sex trafficking and bar the prosecution; in other words, that they engaged in the commercial sex act because of force, fraud, or coercion, or, in the case of a minor, because they were “induced” to do so.
3. Build awareness and support for the "Vacatur" movement to expunge the felony convictions of sex-trafficked women and girls.