Eradicating human sex trafficking in New Jersey and the United States is going to take more than one organization, a coalition, a movement, or a politician. It will take a state, a nation, the world. To end trafficking we have to let our voices be heard by those in leadership. We need to work together, coming alongside each other and supporting not only our local efforts but our national efforts. Right now is an encouraging time for our movement when it comes to legislation, a time for us to let our state and national representatives know that we want to see an end to trafficking in our cities, state, and nation.
There are currently a number of bills being looked over and voted on in Senate. These bills have been a long time coming. A few of them will help combat one of the ways in which trafficking is currently being conducted online by closing a loophole in a dated internet law. This loophole has allowed websites such as backpage.com, most notably seen in the documentary I Am Jane Doe, to not be held accountable for enabling traffickers to connect with Johns online. There are also bills, such as the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2017, that will support education about trafficking and care for victims of trafficking once they have been rescued.
We can play a part in this legislation. It is important to let your local representatives know that the people they are representing want bills like these to be passed. The NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking has a great cheat sheet of representatives and their numbers so that you can let your local representative know that you are in support of these bills.
It is imperative that when legislation that supports causes we believe in is being put to vote that we let our representatives know. For them to best represent us, they need to know how we feel. If you want to see legislation put into place that will assist in the ending of trafficking and restoration for its victims please consider looking over the Coalition's cheat sheet and calling your representatives.