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FIXING OUR TRAFFICKING LAWS

 A “pimp” sex trafficker will target vulnerable young women and — after making them believe he loves them — will rape and beat (90%) them, often daily (42%)
YET THE PENALTY FOR SEX TRAFFICKING AN ADULT IN NEW MEXICO IS ONLY 3 YEARS

A sex trafficker will force his victims to have sex with hundreds of men (92%)1,2,3,4,5,6; use drugs (28%)7; and undergo abortions (27%)7.

 

He will keep the victim captive (75%)4; take all the money they earn (69%)4,8; keep them from family and friends (62%)4, and have them watched when they are not working (38%)4.

 

The victims feel such intense guilt and shame (82%)7 that many will attempt suicide (42%)8.

We must tell New Mexico lawmakers to change these sentencing rules
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  2. Estes, R., and Weiner, N. "The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the U.S., Canada and Mexico." Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Work, Center for the Study of Youth Policy.

  3. Raphael and Shapiro 2002; Raphael, Jody and Deborah L. Shapiro. 2002. ‘‘Violence in Indoor and Outdoor Prostitution Venues.’’ Violence Against Women 10(2):126–139

  4. Raphael, J., Reichert, A., and Powers, M. “Pimp Control and Violence: Domestic Sex Trafficking of Chicago Women and Girls.” Women and Criminal Justice. 2010. 20:1-2,

  5. Kennedy , M., et al. “Routes of Recruitment: Pimps’ techniques and other circumstances that lead to street prostitution.” 2007. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. 15:2, 1-19

  6. Raymond, Janice G., Donna M. Hughes, and Carol J. Gomez. 2001. “Sex Trafficking of Women in the United States: International and Domestic Trends.” Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice

  7. Lederer, L., and Wetzel, C. “The health consequences of sex trafficking and their implications for identifying victims in healthcare facilities.” Annals of Health Law. 2014;23:61–91.


  8. Raphael, J. and Myers-Powell, B. “From Victims to Victimizers: Interviews with 25 Ex- pimps in Chicago.” Report from the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Canter of DePaul University College of Law. 2010.

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