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WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX), Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA), Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) have introduced a resolution to call attention to the problem of domestic sex trafficking minors.  The resolution is a joint effort between the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus, chaired by Congressmen Poe and Costa, and the Human Trafficking Caucus, chaired by Congressman Smith and Congresswoman Maloney.

Many of us are aware of the sex trafficking that occurs overseas, but few of us realize that so many American girls are being victimized by this vile crime, said Congressman Ted Poe.  This resolution seeks to draw attention to the problem and provide a framework for assistance to the victims, and swift prosecution of pimps and buyers who purchase young girls for sex.  I thank my colleagues for working with me to bring attention to this important issue and I urge Congress to support passage of the resolution.

It is estimated that 100,000 children are used in prostitution in the United States every year.  The Department of Justice additionally estimates that more than 250,000 children are at risk for being trafficked.  Most of these children are girls between the ages of 12 and 14.  They are sexually exploited for their youth and reusable qualities, routinely raped, beaten into submission and even tattooed like cattle by their pimps. 

 This resolution is the first step, anything we can do to raise awareness of this horrible crime is extremely important, said Dr. Bob Sanborn, Executive Director of Houston-based Children at Risk.  Young American girls, children, are being sold and sexually exploited in cities across the U.S.  We congratulate Congressmen Poe, Costa, Smith, and Congresswoman Maloney on their leadership and effort to raise awareness and solve this horrendous crime.

Prior to serving in Congress, Congressman Poe served as a prosecutor and judge in Harris County for 30 years.  Congressman Poe is the founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Victims Rights Caucus in Washington, DC advocating on behalf of victims in our nations capital.   For more information on the VRC, please visit our website: http://vrc-poe.house.gov/