Staff Writer, Nicole Meyer-GreenLaw / Violent Crimes
Sounds farfetched, right? That a judge would not view human sex trafficking as a violent crime, but Senior Judge Andre Davis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has decided otherwise.
The court, Judge Davis wrote, was “not persuaded that the ordinary case of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion involves a substantial risk that the defendant will use physical force as a means to commit the offense.”
So women go willingly to be brutualized, is that what you are saying, Judge Davis?
Congress passed section 1591(a) as part of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA). The TVPA included a congressional finding that traffickers “often” subject victims to physical violence. In other words, Congress said there is a substantial risk that a trafficker will use physical force against trafficking victims. The court ignored the finding, without any evidence to the contrary.
Yet the court decided not to enforce the laws on the books. Why is that exactly?
Women forced into this underworld of sex and violence are not willing participants. To even suggest this hypothesis is ridiculous at best. This judge needs to be taken off the bench. Sex trafficking is violent and a crime of epic proportions.
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Source: Daily Beast