S. 1738 would amend the federal criminal code to add an additional $5,000 penalty to those convicted of crimes related to:
- Human trafficking
- Sexual abuse or exploitation
- Child abuse
- Transportation for illegal sexual activity
- Human smuggling
The bill would also establish a Domestic Trafficking Victims' Fund where these extra penalties will be collected. The fund will be used from 2015-2019 for grants given to victims, and to improve the programs that exist for survivors under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005, and the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990.
If authorized, this bill would fund services for victims of child pornography and improve domestic child trafficking deterrence programs. Funds would also go to investigating and prosecuting child trafficking offenses, rescuing victims, and restoring their lives.