From: Randy Farnsworth
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Subject: Please support HB254, Human Trafficking Victim Amendments
Date: Mon Feb 24 19:50:27 MST 2014
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Please support HB254 http://le.utah.gov/DynaBill/dbill.jsp?bill=HB0254. This bill treats human trafficking victims as the victims that they really are, rather than as criminals. Very few children involved in prostitution are there by choice. They were coerced into the trade and are unable to escape. It’s a sad tragedy that they are treated as criminals and put into the criminal system when they are the victims. Please support this bill. If you have the time, here is an FBI report showing how even adults involved in prostitution are seldom there by choice: http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin/2013/March/prostitution-and-human-trafficking Please don’t consider this as a bill that will encourage prostitution; this will actually help alleviate it by getting underage victims the help they need. Thanks for your serious consideration of this important issue. Randy Farnsworth Woods Cross, Utah