Saturday, October 15, 2005
Poll Shows Americans Support Harsher Penalties for Human Trafficking and More Protection for Mail Order Brides
According to a poll conducted by Lifetime Television and Entertainment Industries Council, Inc.(EIC), 55% of Americans believe that human trafficking is a major problem within our borders, and 45% actually feel it is happening in or near their own communities. A majority (53%) say that human trafficking should carry the harshest penalties, versus drug trafficking (30%) or gun trafficking (14%). On the issue of international marriage brokers, three-fourths (74%) of those surveyed did not know that international marriage brokers operate in the United States legally. The Lifetime/EIC survey shows that while one-third (29%) of survey respondents incorrectly believed that "mail order brides" already had the option of conducting criminal background checks on their prospective "spouses," an overwhelming number of Americans (89%) support regulation that would make these background checks mandatory. The poll, conducted in conjunction with Equality Now, the International Justice Mission, Tahirih Justice Center, Vital Voices, Polaris Project, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Source. Lifetime Television. For more information, click here (last visited October 15, 2005, reo).