H.R. 3610, Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act

H.R. 3610

Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act

Committee
Judiciary

Date
May 20, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 3610, the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 3610 was introduced on November 21, 2013 by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.  The bill was marked up by the Judiciary Committee on April 30, 2014 and was ordered reported, as amended, by voice vote.[1]

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[1] Committee Report 113-447 at 5.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3610 encourages states to pass safe harbor laws by providing them additional preference in their applications for Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) grants.  According to this legislation, a safe harbor law is a law that: 1) treats a minor (an individual under 18 years of age) who has engaged in, or has attempted to engage in a commercial sex act as a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons; 2) discourages the charging or prosecution of a minor for a prostitution or sex trafficking offense; or 3) encourages the diversion of an individual to appropriate service providers, including child welfare services, victim treatment programs, child advocacy centers, rape crisis centers, or other social services.  Moreover, this legislation requires additional reporting to Congress on restitution orders and offender information in sex trafficking cases.

H.R. 3610 also codifies a national human trafficking hotline and allows the Secretary of HHS to make grants for a national communication system to assist victims of severe forms of trafficking.  Finally, this legislation clarifies Jobs Corps program eligibility language to ensure that young victims of commercial sex trafficking are eligible to enroll in the program, and clarifies the authority of the U.S. Marshals Service to assist, when requested by law enforcement agencies, in locating and recovering missing children.

Background

H.R. 3610 encourages states to pass safe harbor laws by providing them additional preference in their applications for Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) grants.  According to this legislation, a safe harbor law is a law that: 1) treats a minor (an individual under 18 years of age) who has engaged in, or has attempted to engage in a commercial sex act as a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons; 2) discourages the charging or prosecution of a minor for a prostitution or sex trafficking offense; or 3) encourages the diversion of an individual to appropriate service providers, including child welfare services, victim treatment programs, child advocacy centers, rape crisis centers, or other social services.  Moreover, this legislation requires additional reporting to Congress on restitution orders and offender information in sex trafficking cases.

H.R. 3610 also codifies a national human trafficking hotline and allows the Secretary of HHS to make grants for a national communication system to assist victims of severe forms of trafficking.  Finally, this legislation clarifies Jobs Corps program eligibility language to ensure that young victims of commercial sex trafficking are eligible to enroll in the program, and clarifies the authority of the U.S. Marshals Service to assist, when requested by law enforcement agencies, in locating and recovering missing children.

Cost

According to the CBO, implementing H.R. 3610 would have no significant effect on discretionary spending and would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

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