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Friday, June 30, 2006

Senate panel: Tax sex-worker traffickers

Charles_grassley_big_smile Human trafficking of girls 13-17 for prostitution in this country must be stamped out, and taxing their pimps is the way to do it, says U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-IA.

CNN story

From a press release on his Website:
“It’s a no-brainer to have the IRS go after sex traffickers,” Grassley said. “Prosecuting tax code violations can get these guys off the street and yank from their grasp the girls and women they exploit.  This crime is right under our noses in the United States, and it’s especially horrible when under-age girls are being held prisoner. The thugs who run the trafficking rings are exploiting society’s poorest girls and women for personal gain.”
The Grassley proposal gives the IRS harsh new criminal penalties to arrest those in the underground criminal economy. The majority of the victims of human trafficking – those who are often smuggled in from other counties and virtually imprisoned in a house set up for prostitution – are girls ages 13 to 17.

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