They passionately spoke about almost anything and everything: the economy, climate change, health care, Medicare, national security, education, border control, and their favorite issue — immigration and illegal aliens.
But not even one of them remembered to discuss a major crime affecting not only the State of Nevada, but also the whole nation — HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
All these candidates hoping to move their residence to Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC come January 2017 forgot that every child and woman in this nation is at risk to encounter a trafficker, a recruiter, and that many families have been destroyed because of those criminals.
I always wonder what is worse, drug addiction or being a victim of human trafficking. At least a parent with a child with any type of addiction can always put them in a rehabilitation center and hope his or her child comes out totally clean, but if that child becomes a victim of an international human trafficker there is very little hope to bring that young person back home.
Ironically, almost every one of those candidates are parents of young girls — John Kasich is the father of twin daughters. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are also fathers of two young girls each.
Hillary Clinton, the mother of a young woman, claims to be the great campaigner for women, but didn’t even think about addressing the issue of human trafficking.
Here in Nevada we need to prize former Attorney General Catherine Cortez-Masto who introduced and helped pass Assembly Bill 67, which was signed into law and took effect on July 1, 2013. The bill, which was approved by unanimous votes of both houses of the legislature, changes the pandering statute to the sex trafficking. The person accused of trafficking would have to register as a sex offender. Restitution will be mandatory.
We are very grateful that Ms. Cortez-Masto took such strong interest in this matter, but still it is not enough.
What about if the victim is sold overseas on the multi-billion dollar international trafficking market? That child or young woman will never collect restitution.
When a young woman living with a known common pimp disappears from night to morning in this country, authorities need to do much more than to label the young woman a prostitute.
Stronger laws are needed to combat the poisoning crime of Sex Trafficking.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.
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