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Statutory rape laws criminalize adults for having sex with underage minors. These laws, however, do not always apply to adults who have purchased sex. Safe Harbor laws are meant to ensure that 1 minors are not criminalized for prostitution and that 2 victim services are provided to all sexually exploited youth.
However, the definition of sexually exploited youth changes from state to state; making this issue particularly complicated.
Further, few states as we will explore in this post have fully implemented safe harbor laws. Any minor under the age of 18 who is lured into the sex industry is a victim of sex trafficking and should be treated as such.
A victim who is arrested for prostitution may carry that charge on their criminal record throughout their lives. While victim services are a critically important part of the Safe Harbor laws in many states, today we focus on the first part of Safe Harbor: Why is this issue so complicated? Safe Harbor laws are complicated.
As previously mentioned, each state defines sexually exploited youth differently. Some states, such as Marylandrequire that there be an identified trafficker for a child to be considered a victim of trafficking. Other states such as Alaska require that even when there is an identified trafficker, victims must prove that they were forced or coerced to gain victim status.
The breakdown In order to provide an accessible yet slightly more nuanced analysis of this complicated issue, each state was ranked on one of three levels of safe harbor protection for minors. These states are listed below the following table. Safe Harbor laws, keeping minors from being arrested for prostitution, only apply to minors under the age of 14 in Texas.
Minors are completely protected from being arrested for prostitution only in states ranked in the 1 category. In all other states, minors may find themselves with a criminal record as a result of being trafficked. A final note on victims of labor trafficking.
We are investigating the portion of Safe Harbor laws that protect child victims from being convicted of prostitution. Thus, protections for victims of labor trafficking are not covered in this post.
The second portion of Safe Harbor laws, victim services which are mentioned, but not investigated in this postprotects victims of both labor and sex trafficking. Services may include counseling, trained advocates, support groups, shelter or safe housing, and more.The Raise the Bar, Hershey!
Coalition plans to continue its efforts to end child labor and exploitation in the cocoa industry and specifically to push Hershey's to improve its traceability and justice throughout its chocolate supply chain.
“Is Your Chocolate the Result of Unfair Exploitation of Child Labor?” 1. Should labor practices in another country be a relevant consideration in international trade?
Why or why not? Yes, labor practices in another country should be relevant for consideration in international trade. Child labor is one of the sad issues and the biggest challenges that the whole world is facing, where a child is an earning machine working to satisfy the needs of his/her family.
Child labor alludes to the practice of employing children full-time in industries, often under dangerous and unhealthy conditions.
The practice still prevails in developing countries, glaring examples being countries in Africa, south-east Asia, and Latin America. Great strides have been made to combat child sex trafficking since the Protected Innocence Challenge begun their Report Cards in Since , the national average has improved by 23 points, from an F at points, to a B at Also be sure to use Food Empowerment Project’s Chocolate List to ensure that the chocolate you’re purchasing wasn’t made using child labor.
Grow more of your own food. Buy from farmer’s markets (verify their labor practices first), Community Supported Agriculture, and U-Pick farms.