CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 5111, a bill to improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking, under a suspension of the rules. H.R. 5111 was introduced on July 15, 2014 by Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
H.R. 5111 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.
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 2.3 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation have been made to the CyberTipline between 1998 and March 2014. 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.”
A formal CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable, although a preliminary and informal estimate states the bill would have no effect on federal direct spending over the FY 2015-2024 period.
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