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Strengthening Sex Trafficking Legislation

By May 11, 2016December 16th, 2019Shared Hope, Student Staff
Chelsea Mack, ’17
My project this semester was assisting Shared Hope International with analyzing the efficacy of certain statutes relating to child sex trafficking.  

This project was quite the task.  Those of us on the team learned very quickly that we no longer understood the meaning of words because every time we thought a word meant something, then we would look at another statute in a different state and discover that the statute implicated a different definition.  

Reviewing multiple statutes in fifty-one jurisdictions (including Washington D.C.) provided a broad perspective of legislation in the United States.  I was surprised that certain states that hold larger populations possessed statutes containing weaker, or simply broader, language regarding child sex trafficking than other states with smaller populations.  

This project definitely pushed me to a new level of legal analysis than I expected at the beginning of the project.  

I hope and pray that Shared Hope will be able to utilize our summaries to communicate with legislators around the country to amend existing statutes and pass new ones to effectively criminalize and prosecute more individuals who offer to buy sex with minors.

Chelsea Mack, ’17
CGJ Student Staff Member

This post was written by a Center for Global Justice student staff member.  The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of Regent University, Regent Law School, or the Center for Global Justice.