Victim Presses Congress to Fight Child Sex Trafficking

A young Mexican woman — who said she had “no other identity” beyond that of a sex object until she was rescued from a sex-trafficking gang — urged Congress to do much more to stop this growing criminal enterprise.

For four years as a teen prostitute, “I was forced to serve every kind of fetish imaginable to more than 40,000 clients,” Karla Jacinto, 22, told a Thursday hearing before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, global health, global human rights and international organizations.

Many of those clients “were foreigners visiting my city looking to have sexual interactions with minors like me,” said Ms. Jacinto, who said she was befriended by a pimp at age 12 and only escaped her sex-trafficking masters when one of her “regular” clients decided to help her.

Such testimony is essential to supporting H.R. 515, known as the International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking, said Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican and subcommittee chairman.