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Survivor Protection: Reducing the Risk of Trauma to Child Sex Trafficking Victims

Although the federal law has long been clear that child sex trafficking should be viewed as a severe form of trafficking in persons,7 victims of child sex trafficking are still denied the full scope of protections afforded to other victims of violence, and specifically child abuse, including protections that prevent re-traumatizing children who cooperate as victim witnesses in criminal prosecutions. This paper will provide an overview of the legal justifications for extending existing protections for child abuse victim witnesses to domestic child sex trafficking victim witnesses, and highlight various states that have passed legislation to this effect.