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From a Faith Perspective
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Church’s opposition of human trafficking is rooted in principles of the Catholic social teaching and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. A main theme of the social teaching is “the sacredness and dignity of human life” and the Cathechism “forbids acts or enterprises that, for any reason, lead to the enslavement of human beings – to their being bought, sold, and exchanged like merchandise, in disregard for their personal dignity.”
Current U.S. Policy
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) provides government agencies and their non-governmental partners the tools to combat human trafficking domestically and worldwide.
Prior to TVPA, federal law targeted the people being prostituted who were often the victims of commercial sexual exploitation. TVPA targets the traffickers and patrons whom facilitate and support these crimes. Additionally TVPA provides victims with support during the healing process. Support includes: visas, services and benefits, compensation and legal redress.
TVPA is centered around: (1) prevention, through creation of public awareness programs overseas and a State Department-led monitoring and sanctions program; (2) protection, through a new T-Visa and services for foreign national victims; and (3) prosecution, through creation of new federal crimes [Source: The Sage Project]
View the full text of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.