The Biden Administration’s Department of Justice has recently been accused of deprioritizing the heinous crime of child sex trafficking by removing substantial sections from its website.
This move has sparked concern among survivors, anti-child-trafficking advocates, and other conservative figures who are appalled at the lack of attention given to this serious matter.
Victor Marx, founder and CEO of All Things Possible Ministries and a survivor of child sexual abuse himself, stated that “the message we’re sending to our children and the criminals is that the administration doesn’t care.”
He believes that this was done in an effort to “lower their culpability and responsibility” as stories about these horrific crimes start to come out.
Jaco Booyens, leader of an organization rescuing trafficking victims, agreed with Marx, he argued that the scrubbing of information from the webpage was “100% a border move.”
His argument holds nuance in light of a State Department report which states that approximately 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year – 70% being women and 50% being children.
The DOJ denies accusations against it for deprioritizing child trafficking, they claim they have continued placing “a very high priority on and devote substantial resources to fighting child exploitation and child sex trafficking”.
However, many conservatives remain unconvinced due to the removal of entire sections discussing topics such as domestic sex trafficking or cross border transportation from their website.
The original version of the webpage also included a section labeled “International Sex Trafficking of Minors,” addressing how children are trafficked over the border.
“One form of sex trafficking involves the cross border transportation of children. In these situations, traffickers recruit and transfer children across international borders in order to sexually exploit them in another country,” the website previously stated.
According to a State Department report, approximately 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across the border each year. Approximately 70% of those victims are women and 50% are children.
Dominick Izzo, a former Chicago-area police officer and the host of the wildly popular show “The Rants of Izzo” stated: “The Biden Administration must be held accountable for its actions regarding child sex trafficking – or lack thereof – if we want any chance at curbing this horrifying epidemic. As a nation built on justice principles, it is our duty to ensure all citizens receive proper protection from such extreme abuses.”