H.R. 246, To Improve the Response to Victims of Child Sex Trafficking

H.R. 246

To Improve the Response to Victims of Child Sex Trafficking

Sponsor
Rep. Joyce Beatty

Date
January 26, 2015 (114th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, January 26, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 246, a bill to improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 246 was introduced on January 9, 2015 by Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Bill Summary

H.R. 246 is substantively identical to H.R. 5111, a bill to improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking, which passed the House on July 24, 2014 by a vote of 409-0.  (See Roll Call #447)

H.R. 246 updates Section 404(b)(1)(P)(iii) of the Missing Children’s Assistance Act to replace the term “child prostitution” with “child sex trafficking, including child prostitution” in the reporting categories in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) CyberTipline.

Background

NCMEC operates a CyberTipline to provide online users and electronic service providers a means of reporting Internet-related child sexual exploitation in many areas, including child prostitution. More than 2.8 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation have been made to the CyberTipline between 1998 and October, 2014.[1]   Most states, localities, and non-profit organizations currently use “child sex trafficking” when describing certain crimes against children and have moved away from the term “child prostitution” in order to reinforce that children who are sex trafficked or sexually exploited are victims, not criminals.  However, to ensure the public recognizes that child prostitution is included in how NCMEC uses the term “child sex trafficking,” the bill makes clear child prostitution is a form of “child sex trafficking,” and thus, should still be reported to the tipline. This legislation would change a category that can be reported to the CyberTipline from “child prostitution” to “child sex trafficking, including child prostitution.”

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[1] http://www.missingkids.com/cybertipline/

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable.  An informal CBO estimate found that this bill would have no effect on direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.