Wyden bill would target child sex trafficking

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is pushing legislation that would target child sex traffickers and help their victims get off the street.

The Oregon Democrat is holding a news conference this afternoon to announce the senator’s proposed bill to disrupt the sex trafficking of underage girls. The bill is aimed at regions of the country, including Oregon, where child prostitution thrives.

Wyden proposes that the government provide $2.5 million grants to augment the salaries of police involved in child sex trafficking cases. The money would be used to train law enforcement officers and social service providers.

Money also would be spent on shelters, clothing and other daily needs to help sex trafficking victims stay off the street, and it would provide them with assistance, counseling and job training.

Wyden, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk, County Commissioner Diane McKeel, victim advocate groups and others who back the proposed legislation will gather at 1:30 p.m. today on the steps of the Multnomah County Justice Center.

source: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2009/11/wyden_bill_would_target_child.html

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