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State agency working on sex trafficking bill

November 29, 2012, 10:22 a.m. Updated November 29, 2012, 11:18 a.m.

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— The Kansas Department of Children and Families is working with law enforcement officials on legislation that would increase penalties for those who engage in sex trafficking of children, while also providing help for the victims, an agency official said Wednesday.

The department is working with Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office, law enforcement agencies and judges, Anna Pilato, DCF's deputy secretary for strategic development, faith-based and community initiatives, told Wichita child-service providers.

The legislation will treat children in the sex trade as victims rather than criminals, she said. The DCF's role would be to help those children get the help they need to re-enter society.

A bill to address sex-trafficking of minors passed unanimously in the Senate during the last legislative session but stalled in the House of Representatives, The Wichita Eagle reported.

National researchers estimate that about 200,000 girls and boys nationwide are involved in sex trafficking or at risk, said Lucy Bloom, a special assistant with DCF, which is working to determine the scope of the problem in Kansas.

Diana Schunn, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County, said a big part of solving the problem will be persuading people that youth prostitutes "are as important as any other child abuse we work with." And she said it's possibly more important to deal with the adults who drive the sex trade.

It's a lucrative business for the procurers because a pimp "can sell a girl over and over again in one evening," she said, and many people are willing to pay a lot of money to have sex with children.

"If demand wasn't there, we wouldn't be seeing these victims," she said.

In another meeting Wednesday, DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore told Wichita, Sedgwick County and law-enforcement officials that her department also is drafting proposed legislation that would require notification to the department when a parent who is behind on child support payments receives financial benefits from an insurance company or the workers' compensation system.

Gilmore said if the department knew of the payments, it could issue liens to ensure that child-support payments are made.

Comments

oldbaldguy 2 years ago

this is a problem, not sure we need more laws on the books about it.

bearded_gnome 2 years ago

not sure that new laws will make much difference, should instead increase the financial pain, especially for the "johns." not just the pimps.

and for kslib and observer, just kep sticking your heades in the sand, keep telling yourselves there's no problem. that's right, keep telling youselves, keep telling yourselves, do it a lot, evry day. maybe you can really change reality ... not.

James Nelson 2 years ago

The point some are making is that maybe there is no such problem here in Kansas and we would be wasting our time and money frittering about it in Topeka just to make the governor look good to his base. I say show us the extent of the Kansas problem and then let us, not one man, decide if the Kansas problem warrants action. Never should a self-professed do-gooder gain points promoting anything not needed.

I strongly suggest that until Ms. Bloom with the DCF finishes her study and a determination is actually made that we have a problem in Kansas that everyone back off efforts just yet to fix a non-problem.

kristyj 2 years ago

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) defines the age of Child Sex Trafficking as anyone under the age of 18. 17 < 18. Want more?

Age 13: http://www.kansas.com/2011/03/13/1761061/men-charged-with-rape-human-trafficking.html

Age 16: http://articles.kwch.com/2011-09-15/human-trafficking_30162719

Sisters now ages 14 & 15: http://www.kansas.com/2012/11/09/2562730/human-trafficking-defendant-guilty.html

kristyj 2 years ago

I'm not saying this is an issue that demands additional legislation in Kansas, but we can't pretend like the problem doesn't exist.

kristyj 2 years ago

And rape is only a problem because it's against the law?

headdoctor 2 years ago

Don't waste your time on KansasLiberal. They are just trolling trying to get reactions.

hipper_than_hip 2 years ago

I've got an idea: execute anyone found involved in child sex trafficing.

somedude20 2 years ago

Can't they just put up a sex traffic light or a sex stop sign to help slow the sex trafficking?

Katara 2 years ago

Or the more obvious - a sex roundabout.

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