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house Bill H.R. 181

Should The Government Fund More Comprehensive Local Efforts Against Trafficking And Child Pornography?

Argument in favor

Federal funding for state-level agencies is essential for effectively combating trafficking. Traffickers deserve larger fines, and buyers deserve harsher punishments.

K's Opinion
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04/16/2015
Child pornography online has doubled in the last year. We can do more - we need to do more.
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stimoceiver's Opinion
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03/05/2015
If the US is the policeman of the world, then why is there human slavery anywhere on this planet? Either we root out trafficking or we close our borders and require a comprehensive VISA and travel itinerary from everyone entering or leaving the country.
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Marvin's Opinion
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05/27/2015
State agencies cannot police the actions of these perverts across state borders. That means that the feds must do it.
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Argument opposed

This legislation forces states to foot part of the bill, making these anti-trafficking efforts more expensive than they seem on the surface.

Paparose's Opinion
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04/25/2015
This is a state issue. You have neither the ability, or the understanding to police individual states! There is no amount of money that would pay for the cost of your inefficient, corrupt services. The amount you already take and waste is the reason our state governments don't have the resources needed to provide effective policing. Our constitution does not give you that power and the governments usurpation of the states resources is the real problem!
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Curmudgeon's Opinion
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08/01/2015
Local issues are best handled locally with local resources. Why invent new opportunities to shower federal tax largesse into areas distant from its contributors? Why should that make a round trip (less the brokerage fee of having traveled to the Federal treasury) if it is merely to come back to those original contributors? Leave that portion be! The whole cynical point of taking it on that route is to NOT repatriate it whence it had come. Makes little difference the pretext, as the familiar process empowers those brokers in governmt service and coerces us further down the path of being its mere subjects.
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Zachariah's Opinion
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08/31/2016
The States should do this as it will be more effective and less jumping through hoops.
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What is House Bill H.R. 181?

H.R. 181 — Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) — aims to address all tiers the human trafficking network: the trafficker, the buyer, and the victims.


For the buyer, the bill imposes an additional $5,000 dollar fine on any person convicted of human trafficking. H.R. 181 also changes the definition of child pornography to include it as a form of child abuse. 


For the trafficker, the bill offers state grants through the Department of Defense budget to bolster anti-trafficking efforts. This bill allows state and local human trafficking task forces investigate child pornography and sexual exploitation with wiretap warrants authorized in their state courts without federal approval. It also repurposes and reauthorizes victim-centered grant programs to train law enforcement on how to rescue victims and prosecute human traffickers.


For victims, funding authorized in the JVTA would also support services for child pornography victims and create a Domestic Trafficking Victims Fund, where penalties for trafficking would be paid to help fund state grants programs. 

Impact

Victims, perpetrators, and supporters of all forms of trafficking, child exploitation, and child pornography, local and state law enforcement officials, human trafficking task forces, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and the federal budget.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 181

$18.00 Million
A CBO cost estimate found that implementation of this bill would cost $5 million annually over the 2015-2019. Assuming that money is appropriated, the CBO estimates that overall the bill would cost $18 million over the 2015-2020 period.

More Information

Of Note: 

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls and texts from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

Phone: 1-888-373-7888

Text: HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733)


AKA

Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015

Official Title

To provide justice for the victims of trafficking.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed January 27th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 7th, 2015

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    Local issues are best handled locally with local resources. Why invent new opportunities to shower federal tax largesse into areas distant from its contributors? Why should that make a round trip (less the brokerage fee of having traveled to the Federal treasury) if it is merely to come back to those original contributors? Leave that portion be! The whole cynical point of taking it on that route is to NOT repatriate it whence it had come. Makes little difference the pretext, as the familiar process empowers those brokers in governmt service and coerces us further down the path of being its mere subjects.
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    This is a state issue. You have neither the ability, or the understanding to police individual states! There is no amount of money that would pay for the cost of your inefficient, corrupt services. The amount you already take and waste is the reason our state governments don't have the resources needed to provide effective policing. Our constitution does not give you that power and the governments usurpation of the states resources is the real problem!
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    The States should do this as it will be more effective and less jumping through hoops.
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    There are hardly any instances of trafficking. This bill is very simply an anti sex worker bill with a fancy name.
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    Child pornography online has doubled in the last year. We can do more - we need to do more.
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    We are 18 TRILLION in debt. We cannot afford new programs. We should be cutting programs. Stop spending!!! We should reduce taxes and reduce spending $2 for every tax dollar cut!
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    If the US is the policeman of the world, then why is there human slavery anywhere on this planet? Either we root out trafficking or we close our borders and require a comprehensive VISA and travel itinerary from everyone entering or leaving the country.
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    State agencies cannot police the actions of these perverts across state borders. That means that the feds must do it.
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    Local government should handle this.
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    States can do this
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    Keeping this at a state level allows these cases to fall through the cracks and enables sexual exploitation, slavery, and trafficking. This is a nationwide issue that should be a nationwide zero tolerance. Shame on people for not believing that this is a priority when it runs rampant on the dark web. DISGUSTING!
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    this has to be done of fed level!! just take I-25 and its corridor. 3 states at least. charge the highest crime to these people - whoever is involved with stealing children and women, buying them, spreading tips etc - on a fast track sentencing and let's stop this for once and for all.
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    Of course!
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    State issue.
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    This crap is a problem after all the illegals and unchecked immigrants these globalist scum have deluged our communities with. It needs to be stopped by any means. BUILD THAT WALL MR. TRUMP!
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    Why? Are they short on funds now?
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    Keep enforcement dollars local!
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    State issue.
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