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Reader's View, Human Trafficking: Idaho Not Immune to Tragedy of Selling Children for Sex

The crime of human trafficking is one of the most egregious human rights violations, and it is happening in our own communities. Some victims are lured into the United States with false promises of legitimate work, only to be forced into the sex industry. Others are runaway teens, taken in by traffickers and forced to trade sex for a place to sleep. Victims include children trafficked by family members and girls recruited by a "boyfriend" who turns out to be a pimp. We are not immune in Idaho. Last June, a Boise man was prosecuted for advertising on Internet sites that his 3-year-old daughter was available for sex. Only two months ago, another man pled guilty to obstructing an investigation. He had solicited others to destroy evidence of his involvement in transporting a 15-year-old Washington runaway for prostitution. Worldwide, it is estimated that 1 million children - 300,000 in the U.S. alone - are sexually exploited annually. The average age of girls forced into the sex trade is between 12 and 14. These children often endure unconscionable violence.

Crapo Part of Effort to Extend Anti-violence Bill

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, pushed this week to restore the key federal program that protects women against domestic violence, stating at a press conference Wednesday and on Twitter that "We will get this done." With Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. - chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee - Crapo is a co-sponsor of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, introduced Tuesday in the Senate. The original act became law in 1994 and was extended in 2000 and 2005. But it expired in 2011 and, although both the House and Senate passed VAWA bills last year, the two chambers were unable to settle their differences. Congressional Democrats have now sought to diminish Republican objections by removing a provision that would increase visas for immigrant victims of domestic abuse. The Senate bill was joined Wednesday by an identical measure in the U.S. House. In a press release following his comments that day, Crapo stated incidents of abuse in Idaho drive his support for the law. 

Woman Reports Attempted Sexaul Assault

COEUR d'ALENE - Police are seeking a man behind a reported rape attack in Coeur d'Alene. The victim told police she was walking to catch a bus near west Hubbard Avenue and North Idaho College Drive about 10:45 p.m. Jan. 11 when a man approached her.

According to a press release, the man spoke to the victim and followed her down the sidewalk. The woman said when she slowed to look at him, he grabbed her from behind and tried to drag her to the ground. "The victim said the male attempted to sexually assault her, and she was fighting him off," the release said. "She said she saw headlights from a vehicle coming from the roundabout area and he jumped up and ran away." The victim, who lives in the downtown area, boarded the bus and told the driver what happened. He drove her to a Sherman Avenue bar, where she called police.

Eye on Boise: Domestic Violence -- Every 88 Minutes

BOISE - Idaho sees an incident of domestic violence between spouses, ex-spouses or those in dating relationships once every 88 minutes. Luann Dettman, director of the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance, shared that statistic with state lawmakers last week. The state had 22 people die in domestic violence incidents in 2011, she said. That same year there were 5,715 incidents of domestic violence. "Keep in mind these are only the reported stats," Dettman told lawmakers. "There are many that go unreported." The state council, which is funded almost entirely by a $3.6 million federal grant, worked with 21,631 victims in 2012.

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