Thursday, December 14, 2017

C. Other Government Services

Domestic and certified foreign sex trafficking victims are eligible for all other government programs that provide benefits and services to victims and people living in poverty and with health problems. In addition, victims of domestic violence, stalking, and physical and sexual assault--which sex trafficking victims often are--can receive federal funds and services under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). However, states can withhold VOCA funds from those who have been charged with prostitution-related offenses. VAWA funds for victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault can be used for women in prostitution, but these funds are allocated primarily to organizations serving victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, not sex trafficking.

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