During a panel discussion with Cindy McCain and Senator Rob Portman at Google, Klobuchar announced her plans to reintroduce legislation she authored with Senator John Cornyn that would give prosecutors the tools they need to combat domestic minor sex trafficking and help give victims the support they need

Klobuchar and Cornyn’s bipartisan bill is modeled after Minnesota’s “Safe Harbor” law that helps make sure minors sold for sex aren’t prosecuted as defendants but are instead treated as victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today continued her push to combat sex trafficking in the United States. During a panel discussion with Cindy McCain and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) co-hosted by the McCain Institute and Rights4Girls at Google, Klobuchar announced her plans to reintroduce legislation she authored with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) that would give prosecutors the tools they need to combat domestic minor sex trafficking and help give victims the support they need. Klobuchar and Cornyn’s bipartisan bill is modeled after Minnesota’s “Safe Harbor” law that helps make sure minors sold for sex aren’t prosecuted as defendants but are instead treated as victims.                                                                                                             

“Sex trafficking isn’t just a problem half a world away – it’s happening right here in our own backyard,” Klobuchar said. “We need to continue doing everything we can to crack down on these horrific crimes and ensure that minors who are sold for sex are treated as the victims they are, rather than being prosecuted as criminals. We’ve made important strides forward on this front in Minnesota, and the bipartisan bill I plan to reintroduce will help expand our Safe Harbor model to states all across the country.”

Klobuchar’s Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act (SETT) will give incentives for all states to have a safe harbor provision to help ensure minors who are sold for sex aren’t prosecuted as defendants, but are instead treated as victims. When a state passes a safe harbor law, it means that kids sold for sex should be steered towards child protection services, rather than being arrested, charged, or convicted under a state’s criminal laws.

Klobuchar and Cindy McCain have worked in partnership to combat sex trafficking. Klobuchar and McCain recently spoke together at the National Conference of State Legislatures 40th Annual Legislative Summit to discuss strategies to combat sex trafficking. Klobuchar, McCain, and Senator Heitkamp of North Dakota have met with the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power to talk about shared strategies for fighting human trafficking. Klobuchar also led a panel with McCain at the McCain Institute in Arizona on international sex trafficking. In the lead up to the 2014 Super Bowl, Klobuchar and McCain met with the NFL to discuss efforts to crack down on sex trafficking ahead of the Super Bowl.

 

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