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Senate Proceeding on Dec 9th, 2010 :: 8:48:30 to 9:13:15
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Ron Wyden

8:48:22 to 8:48:42( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: and the senate proceed to its immediate consideration. the presidin will report. the clerk: s. 841, a bill to direct the secretary of transportation to study and establish a motor vehicle safety standard and so forth and for other purposes. the presiding officer: without objection, the committee is discharged and will proceed to

Ron Wyden

8:48:30 to 9:13:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden

8:48:43 to 8:49:04( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: the measure. mr. wyden: mr. leader, you know that a kerry substitute amendment which is at the desk be agreed to, the bill as amended be read a third time and passed, the motions to reconsider be laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate, and any statements related to the bill be placed in the record at the appropriate place as if read. the presiding officer: without objection.

Ron Wyden

8:49:05 to 8:49:26( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: mr. wyden: mr. leader, i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of calendar 677, s. 1275. the will report. the clerk: calendar number 677, s. 1275, a bill to establish a national foundation on physical fitness in sports and so forth and for other purposes. the presiding officer: without objection, the senate will

Ron Wyden

8:49:27 to 8:49:48( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: proceed to the mr. wyden: mr. leader, i ask unanimous consent the committee-reported substitute amendment be agreed to, the bill as amended be read a third time and passed, the motions to reconsider be laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate, and any statements related to the bill be placed in the record at the appropriate place as if read. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. wyden: mr. leader, i ask

Ron Wyden

8:49:49 to 8:50:11( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: unanimous consent the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of s. res. 699, submitted earlier today. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: senate resolution 699, to authorize testimony and legal representation in city of st. paul v. irene victory yea andrews, bruce jerome berry,

Ron Wyden

8:50:12 to 8:50:32( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: john joseph brawn, david eugene luce and elizabeth anne mckenzie. the presiding officer: without objection, the senate will proceed wit the measure. mr. wyden: mr. leader, i ask unanimous consent the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, and the motions to reconsider be laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate, and any statements related to the resolution be

Ron Wyden

8:50:33 to 8:50:54( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: placed in the record at the appropriate place as if read. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. wyden: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the appointment at the desk appear separately in the record as if made by the chair. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. wyden: mr. leader, i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of calendar number

Ron Wyden

8:50:55 to 8:51:16( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: 581, s. 2925. will report. the clerk: calendar number 581, s. 2925, a bill to establish a grant program to benefit victims of sex trafficking and for other purposes. the presiding officer: without objection, the senate will proceed to the measure. mr. wyden: mr. leader, i ask unanimous consent that the committee substitute amendment be considered, that the two wyden amendments which are at

Ron Wyden

8:51:17 to 8:51:37( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: the desk be agreed to en bloc, that the committee substitute as amended be agreed to, the bill as amended be read a third time, that a budgetary paygo statement be read. the presiding officer: without objection. the clerk will report. the clerk: this is the statement of budgetary effects of paygo

Ron Wyden

8:51:38 to 8:51:58( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: legislation for s. 2925 as amended. total budgetary effects of s. 2925 for the five-year statutory pay-goa scorecard, zero dollars. total budgetary effects of s. 2925 for the ten-year statutory paygo scorecard, zero collars. also submitted for the record as part of this document is a table

Ron Wyden

8:51:59 to 8:52:20( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: prepared by the congressional budget office which provides additional information on the budgetary effects of this act. mr. wyden: mr. president, i ask consent the bill be passed, the motions to reconsider be laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate, and any statements related to the bill be placed in the record at the appropriate place as if read. the presiding officer: without

Ron Wyden

8:52:21 to 8:52:45( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: objection. mr. wyden: mr. president, with the passage of s. 2925, the senate is sending to the house the first-ever all-out battle plan to defeat one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises in our country.

Ron Wyden

8:52:46 to 8:53:06( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: that is, trafficking children for sex. senator cornyn and i have worked together on this issue for many, many months on a bipartisan basis with tremendous help from chairman leahy, from senator sessions, from senator durbin and senator kyl. and before i begin my statement

Ron Wyden

8:53:07 to 8:53:29( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: tonight, mr. president, i just want to express my thanks to them. this is a textbook for how the senate ought to work together on an important issue on a bipartisan way. and i'm very, very grateful to my colleagues for their leadership. when i first approached senator

Ron Wyden

8:53:30 to 8:53:53( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: cornyn on this, he said in our very first conversation, this has nothing to do with democrats and republicans, this is about what's doing right for young people. so i'm very grateful to my colleague on both sides of the aisle for want support they have shown on this matter. mr. president, each year an estimated 100,000 children in

Ron Wyden

8:53:54 to 8:54:14( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: america are trafficked for sex. they are recruited by violent criminals and their average age is between 12 and 14. the fact is, sex trafficking in children is modern day slavery, pure and simple.

Ron Wyden

8:54:15 to 8:54:36( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: tragically, my home state of oregon has become a hub for those who would exploit women and young girls. and the tragedy is, my state is not alone. what we ha mr. president -- and this was brought out in hearings -- that the reason this is such a fast-growing crime, is it is so

Ron Wyden

8:54:37 to 8:54:58( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: easy to perpetrate, and there is such big money involved. for example, experts in the field said for some time, you would see gangs zero in on drugs. well, the fact is, trafficking in children, according to many of the experts, is easier than trafficking in drugs.

Ron Wyden

8:54:59 to 8:55:21( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: and today, with the internet and the anonymity that the internet provides these dangerous criminals who would traffic in children, it is, as i say, one of the fast-growing crimes in american life. mr. president, i really got a sense of what this was all about this summer when i had a chance

Ron Wyden

8:55:22 to 8:55:44( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: to go out with portland police officers in my hometown on 82nd avenue. and what i saw, something i'll never forget, was a heartwrenching example of why this bipartisan legislation is so important.

Ron Wyden

8:55:45 to 8:56:05( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: i saw a 15-year-old girl essential out there with the tools of the trade -- essential out there with the tools of the trade. she had a cell phone so she could be in constant contact with her pimp and all night long they were getting messages, made $80, made $100 on, you know, a customer, you know, here or

Ron Wyden

8:56:06 to 8:56:27( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: somewhere else. so she had her cell phone. she had a butcher knife because she knew she needed a butcher knife to protect herself, and she had a purse full of condoms because she knew she was going to have a bunch more customers during the course of the

Ron Wyden

8:56:28 to 8:56:48( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: evening. so what you have, and this is not, primarily, mr. president, about statistics. if one young woman, whether it's in the state of west virginia or oregon or anywhere else, is prostituted this way, trafficked this way, that is one young

Ron Wyden

8:56:49 to 8:57:09( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: woman too many. what the senate has done now with the passage of 2925 is draw in the sand a line that for the first time we're going to put together a comprehensive strategy, bring together the law enforcement people, the human services people to deal with this in a way that is going to allow us to send a message on

Ron Wyden

8:57:10 to 8:57:33( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: the streets of this country, and particularly the interstate highways, which has become such a magnet for sex trafficking, that the odds are going to be different, that this time those who traffic in young women are going to face real prospects of

Ron Wyden

8:57:34 to 8:57:59( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: a deterrent. mr. president, the reality is these young women don't end up working as prostitutes by accident. the growing army of pimp as that i mentioned, violent, ruthless criminals, see this group as an ideal group of young people to prey on. the fact is a pimp can make

Ron Wyden

8:58:00 to 8:58:20( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: $200,000 a year trafficking just one victim. and, of course, many of those pimps traffic multiple victims on any particular occasion. once a young girl is under the control of a pimp, it is very difficult, mr. president, for that youngster to escape. the pimps use violence to

Ron Wyden

8:58:21 to 8:58:41( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: control girls as well as traumatize them. they move the girls constantly from city to city, keeping them isolated and from any source of support and preventing them from developing any kind of other,

Ron Wyden

8:58:42 to 8:59:02( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: more healthy relationships. in talking to law enforcement firms, i learned that removing sex trafficking victims from the control of a pimp is very, very difficult. it's one that requires training, resources and, in effect, a strategy bringing together law enforcement people and social

Ron Wyden

8:59:03 to 8:59:23( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: services people in order to break this degrading and often deadly spiral, mr. president, of sex trafficking in youngsters. now, there are a variety of needs that these young people have and one that senator cornyn

Ron Wyden

8:59:24 to 8:59:44( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: and i learned about in the course of our work on this, is the need for dedicateed shelters for these youngsters who have been trafficked. without a shelter, for example, there is no place to keep a trafficking victim safe from the

Ron Wyden

8:59:45 to 9:00:06( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: pimps and to give them the counseling and services they need. and if there is no safe place for the victim to stay, there is no way that the law enforcement authorities can build a case against the pimp. so this is a perfect example of how the important work being done by our social service

Ron Wyden

9:00:07 to 9:00:27( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: providers in terms of the work in the shelters is absolutely a prerequisite to tough, aggressive prosecution of the pimps, because if you don't have a safe place for the young women, there is no place for them to get the health care and the services and the counseling

Ron Wyden

9:00:28 to 9:00:49( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: they need. and, in fact, mr. president, the night when i was out in portland and saw in particular that 15-year-old with what i call the tools of the trade, when the police picked her up -- and portland's professionals in the

Ron Wyden

9:00:50 to 9:01:10( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: sex trafficking field are extraordinarily talented. i saw that firsthand, and officials from around the country tell me the same thing. one of the big questions they were faced with was where would they send the young women that they found that evening to --

Ron Wyden

9:01:11 to 9:01:31( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: for the next couple of days in order to just work out a more permanent living arrangement? and in portland, we have been able to do it, but even in our city, which is now mobilizing, mobilizing all through the community, it has been very difficult.

Ron Wyden

9:01:32 to 9:01:52( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: at present, mr. president, there are only about 70 shelter beds for sex trafficking victims in the whole country. so that's why i mentioned the pimps know that their chances of getting prosecuted for forcing girls to engage in prostitution are very low.

Ron Wyden

9:01:53 to 9:02:14( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: so we have got some laws on the books, but we also need a strategy bringing together shelters, training for law enforcement officials and other resources if we're going to have the strongest possible battle plan against sex trafficking. so senator cornyn and i got together to introduce this legislation.

Ron Wyden

9:02:15 to 9:02:36( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: we would set up what amounts to model projects across the country to test out the best approaches for combating sex trafficking of children. we do make clear that these approaches have got to bring together law enforcement people and social services.

Ron Wyden

9:02:37 to 9:02:57( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: it makes me very proud, mr. president, the president of the senate having served as governor of west virginia knows that from time to time you see some debates between law enforcement people and social services folks. law enforcement people feel that prosecution is the way to go. the social services folks feel that their model is more effective. what senator cornyn and i found,

Ron Wyden

9:02:58 to 9:03:18( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: this is an area where the law enforcement people support the social services folks and vice versa, because they know that both elements, social services and law enforcement, are going to be necessary to fight this scourge. i mentioned the shelters, but let me go further. there would be block grants

Ron Wyden

9:03:19 to 9:03:39( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: available for mental and physical health care, treatment for substance abuse and sexual abuse, and also assistance with trauma care. there would be help for the victims with food and clothing and other necessities, and together it means, mr. president, that the

Ron Wyden

9:03:40 to 9:04:00( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: youngsters and primarily young women who are going to be in these shelters will know from the time they get to the shelter that caring individuals want them to have a different life. and that, mr. president, is really what drew me to this legislation. when you're talking about

Ron Wyden

9:04:01 to 9:04:21( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: preying on young people, know of every member of the senate is concerned about that. what i think galvanized my attention was that a lot of these young women don't think anybody cares about them except their pimp, and they have gotten

Ron Wyden

9:04:22 to 9:04:42( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: to the point in life where they feel there really isn't anybody in their corner. their pimp says, you know, sweetheart, i care about you. you're what's really important to me. let's just make some money and eventually we'll be out on our own. and what you have with these shelters and also the law

Ron Wyden

9:04:43 to 9:05:05( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: enforcement people who i saw in portland is you have those young women saying for the first time there is an adult, there is a role model who wants me to have a different life, who wants me to have the prospect of a different future where i'm not degrading myself, where i'm not victimized, where i have a

Ron Wyden

9:05:06 to 9:05:27( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: different set of possibilities for my life. so the human services aspects of this legislation are extremely important, and they complement the help that law enforcement would get as well. i'll tell you, mr. president, i was particularly struck as we

Ron Wyden

9:05:28 to 9:05:49( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: got into the law enforcement aspects of this fight against sex trafficking, that there again had been some model approaches, and the law enforcement official that i was particularly impressed with was dallas, texas, police sergeant byron facet.

Ron Wyden

9:05:50 to 9:06:11( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: he explained to me, without the right training, law enforcement officers won't know how to spot the signs of sex trafficking and won't know how to handle the victims. so senator cornyn and i thought with the counsel of our colleagues on both sides of the aisle it would be important to provide specialized training for police officers and prosecutors to help them understand how to

Ron Wyden

9:06:12 to 9:06:33( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: handle sex trafficking cases. the fact is sergeant facet of dallas, texas, could only be in one place at a time, and what this legislation is going to do, mr. president, is going to make it possible for other leaders in the law enforcement field to get the training out across the

Ron Wyden

9:06:34 to 9:06:54( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: country, the state-of-the-art approaches about how to best fight the violent criminals who engage in this activity, and i'm very pleased that we were able to make possible as part of the grants in this legislation assistance for the law enforcement community. finally, mr. president, the bill

Ron Wyden

9:06:55 to 9:07:15( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: would address another issue that is a major component of sex trafficking, and that is runaway children. one-third of runaway children are lured into prostitution within 48 hours of leaving their home. the evidence also shows that the children who have run away

Ron Wyden

9:07:16 to 9:07:38( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: multiple times are at the greatest risk of being drawn into sex trafficking, so what we're doing in this legislation is making it possible for law enforcement officials to in effect make a priority to children of greatest risk, and

Ron Wyden

9:07:39 to 9:08:00( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: that is these runaways, and i'm very pleased that we were able to work out a bipartisan agreement for our approach in this area. now, it would be hard to give appropriate thanks to all who participated in this effort, mr. president. certainly to do it without keeping you here until breakfast

Ron Wyden

9:08:01 to 9:08:24( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: time, but let me name just a small number of the many groups and individuals who provided extremely valuable insights. the polaris project, shared hope international, the national center for missing and exploited children, the f.b.i.'s innocence

Ron Wyden

9:08:25 to 9:08:45( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: lost project, ecpat-usa. i could go on with the list of many, many groups. mr. president, i will tell you that i'm especially grateful to the faith community for all of their efforts in this. throughout this debate, senator cornyn and i have been contacted

Ron Wyden

9:08:46 to 9:09:06( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: by religious leaders from all over the country, from all particular denominations, talking about how important this legislation is to them, and what they conveyed to us is this is what they see in their congregations, this is what parents go to bed at night

Ron Wyden

9:09:07 to 9:09:28( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: worrying about, the prospect of seeing one of their youngsters caught up in this vicious cycle of degradation and crime and lost hope for the future, and we could not be here tonight if it wasn't for the faith community that all across the country

Ron Wyden

9:09:29 to 9:09:51( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: contacted their senators, contacted various civic groups, made common cause with rallies and marches and petitions. this is what has made this night possible. so i've tried to make sure the senate knows that a whole host of colleagues on both sides of

Ron Wyden

9:09:52 to 9:10:14( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: the aisle have worked on this. i will say, mr. president, my older daughter said the other night, she said dad, i figured it out. you're in the only profession on earth where somebody your age is considered one of the young guys. and i thought about that because i have had the honor of serving

Ron Wyden

9:10:15 to 9:10:35( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: in the united states senate for some time. i recently was re-elected. and i can't recall a time when i felt prouder of the senate coming together to deal with something that would make a real difference. this one piece of legislation is

Ron Wyden

9:10:36 to 9:10:57( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: not going to wipe out this reprehensible, heinous crime where youngsters who are 12 and 13 and 14 are trafficked for sex. but with this legislation, mr. president, from portland, oregon, to portland, maine -- and frankly, this will have benefits internationally because a lot of these youngsters are

Ron Wyden

9:10:58 to 9:11:20( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: also trafficked for sex far from the shores of the united states. tonight, the senate's making a difference. tonight the senate is giving hope to parents who are concerned about their kids' future, and to young women who are literally going to be hiding

Ron Wyden

9:11:21 to 9:11:42( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: tonight near some of these interstates, interstate 5 which goes all through the west. this is a chance with the passage of this legislation and hopefully quick action by the house to make a difference for these young people. this is what public service is supposed to be all about, making a difference for young people

Ron Wyden

9:11:43 to 9:12:05( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: and families the basis of democrats and republicans but on the basis of what is right, what is moral, what is just. so there are a lot of people who deserve, you know, credit here tonight, mr. president, especially my friend and colleague, senator cornyn. i'm very hopeful that the

Ron Wyden

9:12:06 to 9:12:27( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: senate -- that the h act on this legislation. i'm going to put additional remarks into the record. joel shapiro of my office did yeoman work on this legislation and deserves considerable credit tonight. and i will leave my additional

Ron Wyden

9:12:28 to 9:12:49( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: remarks for the congressional record, but tonight through the good-faith efforts of lots of community and faith leaders, there is an opportunity to help reduce one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in our country, certainly one of the most immoral, the trafficking of young people for sex.

Ron Wyden

9:12:50 to 9:13:08( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: and with tha yield the floor. mr. president, i note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call thal roll.

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