The National Urban League has thrown its weight behind a bill aimed at fighting online sex-trafficking, putting more pressure on Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) to take a public stand on the bill.
The NUL, a civil rights group that advocates on behalf of African-Americans, said sex trafficking disproportionately impacts minorities—and African-Americans in particular—and argues the bipartisan measure is long overdue, in a letter addressed to Senate leaders.
“The National Urban League supports this effort to stop sex trafficking due to the disproportionate impact sex trafficking has on people of color,” Marc Morial, the League’s president and CEO, wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Wednesday.
The NUL quoted FBI statistics showing nearly 60 percent of arrests involving underage victims of sex trafficking are African-American and Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that 40 percent of all victims of sex trafficking were African-American between 2008 and 2010.
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