The goverment has made advances to tackle human trafficking. “The United States will encourage Tier 3 countries to step up efforts to eliminate human trafficking, including the establishment of new laws and national action plans.”
Victims can't live normal lives
The goverment removed the ability for trafficking victims to get there criminal record cleaned. "Direct representation on vacatur or expungement matters through court filings or through other litigation services, is NOT an allowable cost under this cooperative agreement or with FY 2018 funds."
What we can do
Victims are punished more and get convicted more than the traffickers. “More than 90 percent of survivors of human trafficking had been arrested and about half of them had been arrested at least 10 times.”
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"Trafficking survivors who have criminal records," said Jean Bruggeman, executive director of Freedom Network USA, "are unable to get access to affordable housing, employment in the career of their choice, higher education, because they continue to have to explain and discuss a criminal record."
We can allow them to pay for a clean criminal record, "it's undeniable that many prostituted men and women, boys and girls, are actually victims of human and sex trafficking. And it's undeniable they have accumulated arrests and conviction for prostitution because they were trafficked. So, if we are serious about fighting sex trafficking, which should be a given, let's help, which is what this critical funding for legal assistance would provide."