If prostitution is illegal, are there laws in place to protect victims of sex trafficking? In many states there aren’t, though several are beginning to address the issue. One way legislation can protect sex trafficking survivors is to expunge their criminal record. Many victims of trafficking have criminal charges brought against them and are then socially crippled for the rest of their lives. “It prevents them from moving forward in life,” says Amy Hewat, the U.S. Anti-Trafficking Specialist at World Relief.
From The Justice Conference 2012.