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Wagner Continues Fight Against Trafficking, Introduces the Stop Gendercide Act of 2018

Sep 28, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02) and Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37) introduced the Stop Gendercide Act of 2018 to research the effect of gendercide on human trafficking.

“An estimated 126 million women are missing from the world population due to systematic gender-based violence, neglect, and even infanticide,” said Congresswoman Wagner. “It is heartbreaking when the lives of young girls are valued less than the lives of young boys, and Congress must stand up against the promotion of violence against girls around the world. These patterns of violence have led to skewed sex ratios in certain national and sub-national populations. In these populations, there is evidence that heightened demand for women can make them more vulnerable to human trafficking crimes, child marriage, and exploitation. This legislation will give the U.S. government, partner nations, and civil society the information they need to better respond to changes in human trafficking patterns driven by violence against women and girls.”

“The Stop Gendercide Act of 2018 is vital to ending human trafficking,” said Jill McElya, President and CEO of the Invisible Girl Project. “In countries such as India, female gendercide has resulted in men outnumbering women by the millions, resulting in the trafficking of little girls and women.  In order to effectively address trafficking, gendercide must also be confronted.  Invisible Girl Project fully supports this legislation and is optimistic that Congress will determine its enactment is critical to combatting human trafficking globally.”

In addition to the Invisible Girl Project, other supporting organizations include the Gendercide Awareness Project, Vital Voices, and Women’s Rights without Frontiers.

BILL SUMMARY FOR THE STOP GENDERCIDE ACT OF 2018

The annually published Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, mandated by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, has been highly effective in pressuring foreign countries to bolster their anti-trafficking measures and coordinating the international response to the modern slave trade. The Stop Gendercide Act of 2018 will jumpstart U.S. efforts to end gendercide, understand its impact on human trafficking, and respond appropriately.

  • Expresses the Sense of Congress that the lack of research on gendercide and its implications hamstrings efforts to prevent the exploitation of women and girls, and that anti-trafficking measures should address root causes such as gender-based violence against women and girls.
  • States that it is the policy of the United States to work to end gendercide and prevent related crimes, including human trafficking, child marriage, and sexual violence; to assist other countries in their own efforts to respond to this issue; and incorporate measures to respond to global gendercide into the design, implementation, and evaluation of U.S. anti-trafficking programs.
  • Amends the Trafficking Victims Protection Act to research the relationship between human trafficking and skewed sex ratios in national or sub-national populations in which there is evidence of sex-selective practices, including, but not limited to, infanticide, gender-biased neglect, and other forms of gender-based violence, in the TIP Report.