I have seen families ripped apart by incest and violence, children thrown away, left and abandoned at an early age. I have also witnessed what it can do to a child if their neglect is not taken into account, recognized, soothed and validated. These children will grow up to have no respect for human life as a young adult. It is a continuous cycle.
The bill, known as the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, declares that 16- and 17-year-olds who are arrested for prostitution are victims in need of services, not criminals. Right now only youth through age 15 get that protection. Hitting your Sweet 16 birthday shouldn't mean that you no longer need justice.