December 8, 2014
In a positive move last week, the Council of the District of Columbia unanimously passed anti-trafficking legislation that would provide immunity to children under the age of 18 from prostitution-related charges. The Sex Trafficking of Children Prevention Amendment Act of 2014 also provides a number of other important protections including mandatory training for police officers and certain social workers, special intake screenings to identify child victims, and mandatory reporting. Moreover, the new law requires the police department to refer children suspected of being trafficked to organizations that provide services to victims of sex trafficking.
September 23, 2014
Financial institutions need to take heed of specific red flags that are indicative of human smuggling and trafficking, warned the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) in an advisory issued on September 11, 2014, and report suspicious activity to FinCEN. “Financial institutions, large and small, can play a critical role in identifying and reporting transactions related to these unlawful activities based on their observations when interacting with customers and their monitoring processes,” said FinCEN.
September 17, 2014
B20-0714 is currently being considered by the District of Columbia Council. The bill seeks to reform D.C. sex trafficking law by, among other things, affording minors greater protection as victims and modifying law enforcement procedures. Regular updates on the bill’s status can be found on the DC Council site.