Doing More to End Sex Trafficking

The Ariel Castro horror proves new steps must be taken.

By pleading guilty to more than 900 charges, 53 year-old Castro would receive life in prison without the possibility of parole.

If these girls are foreign born, they are more likely to be recognized correctly as rape victims instead of prostitutes. They are given access to a broader array of services including aggressive prosecution of their attacker instead of being treated like they are the criminal.

America must confront this threat to the health and stability of an entire generation of young women. We all can become better informed about what sex trafficking looks like and demand our own young women get the same protections we offer to the world. 

Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and serves as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth.

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