U-S Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota pushed for bipartisan legislation cracking down on sex traffickers at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, today.
Senator Klobuchar has been a national advocate in the fight to combat sex trafficking and has introduced bipartisan legislation modeled after Minnesota's "Safe Harbor" law.
The law helps make sure minors, sold for sex, aren't prosecuted as defendants but treated as victims.
During the hearing, Klobuchar highlighted the recent indictment in a Rochester sex trafficking case in which a 12-year-old girl was taken to a hotel and raped by a 34-year-old man who then forced her to take explicit photos of herself which were posted on Craigslist.
She was then forced to have sex with two more men.
"12-years-old, not old enough to get a driver's license, not old enough to go to her high school prom. That's what we're talking about here. 83 percent of the victims in our country are from our country," said Senator Klobuchar.
The bipartisan legislation is scheduled to be voted on in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.