Under President Trump, federal prosecutions of child sex traffickers has dropped by over 26%, according to Salon. A report from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) found that the 162 child sex trafficking cases that will be filed this fiscal year is a 26.7% drop from a year ago and a 32.2% drop from five years ago.
“If the present pace of such prosecutions continues, the fiscal 2019 total will be 162, compared to 221 last year,” the report said.
Although there has been a recent drop, the number of federal child sex trafficking prosecutions is over 90% higher than it was ten years ago. During Obama’s presidency, these prosecutions increased enormously.
In Obama’s last year as president, federal prosecutors took 49% of the child sex trafficking cases referred to them. This year, that number has dropped to 39%.
One of the causes of this drop could be Trump’s decision to ramp up prosecution of illegal border crossings.
“When you decide to ratchet up something like prosecuting people for the attempted crossing of the border, you have to ratchet something else down,” Cecilia Muñoz, who headed the White House Domestic Policy Council under Obama, said.
Assistant research professor at TRAC Christine Mehta said that researchers “cannot say for certain why we saw a dip in those numbers coinciding with the rise in immigration prosecutions, but it is likely that those two things are related.”
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