Model Penal Code and the Fight Against Human Trafficking
I first learned about the Model Penal Code through LinkedIn in May. The original post was on Dec 21, 2021. The American Law Institute approved the below corrupt revisions on May 17, 2022.
Upon reading parts of this revision, I learned of the frightening changes written into its legislation that could massively impact how traffickers and rapists alike are prosecuted. Our job isn’t to sway your vote, but rather to equip you with knowledge and foresight based on ethics and standard operating procedures.
Model Penal Code
The Model Penal Code is a 500+ page document that seeks to protect traffickers, rapists, and the like and also seeks to influence laws we live under in any state. It's issued by the American Law Institute (ALI).
The revision on this model penal code (MPC) endangers children, showing potential for criminal progression. We already see the devastation this MPC has inflicted by the recent R Kelly case. Two of R Kelly’s charges were dropped after he was first indited even after video evidence of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) were uncovered. Only recently he was arrested and sentenced to 30 years after victims were verified to be underage and he was positively identified in the CSAM videos across multiple sites and devises.
Here are several points within this revision:
Key MPC Revision Points
A.) child sex trafficking will be a financial offense instead of charged as a sex crime. Someone who has committed a sex crime (i.e., sex trafficking for profit, making CSAM, conducted rape, etc.) will no longer be required to register as a sex offender and will not appear publicly as an offender. This creates timeless approaches for new avenues of crime or crime progression.
B.) Traffickers and other offenders will be required to register only after being convicted of sexually assaulting a child by force or conducting CSAM (child sexual abuse material) more than once. This not only renders background checks useless at this degree but enables endless possibilities of mental instability progression.
C.) Child sex advertising will no longer be used as establishing a criminal trafficking case. According to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a good majority of trafficking occurs online. Justice for children who are trafficked online will be harder to ensue and criminals will be harder to trace.
D.) Prosecution teams will have to Identify a trafficker to establish a trafficking case. Complex trauma including PTSD experienced by victims is not recognized within the new revision. However, studies show that PTSD is reported among survivors at equal rates to combat veterans and could be higher. Victims who do not realize their extent of victimization (i.e., minors, coerced laborers, etc.) will not be able to effectively identify their trafficker or assaulter (i.e., within the SBC sexual abuse case files, the Maxwell and Epstein case, or the R Kelly case). Many times, this doesn’t happen until after the victims become adults or are admitted into counseling due to behavioral or emotional disorders (this remains the most common reason for adolescents today). Both buyers and perpetrators of assault will be harder to hold accountable.
These revisions are found on pages 546-547 of the ALI penal code at https://www.missingkids.org/content/dam/missingkids/pdfs/NCMEC-Letter-to-ALI-(5-27-21).pdf
Losing Ground on Combating Child Exploitation and Sex Trafficking
This MPC was condemned by the National Association of Attorney Generals in their recent policy letter. Their reason: the MPC fails to adequately recognize and treat sex offenders appropriately and they would obtain more freedom and litigation for their corruption and crimes.
The policy letter can be found at
https://www.missingkids.org/content/dam/missingkids/pdfs/ALI-NAAG-Letter-Final.pdf. Page 5 speaks specifically about the condemnation of the MPC issued by the ALI.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created an advocacy campaign to increase awareness of this MPC and its corrupt intentions. Their campaign can be found at https://www.missingkids.org/blog/2021/losing-ground.
The original post regarding this MPC was written by Anna Sainsbury, CEO and Co-founder of GeoComply. It can be found under “These Potential Legal Changes Help Child Sex Traffickers Escape Accountability. Here’s How to Stop Them” on LinkedIn.
Blissful Faith's Goal in Combating Human Trafficking
We started our journey in South Carolina in 2019 as just a blog. Since then, we've relocated to Alaska. As we've grown as a company, it became clear that our slogan "giving a voice to the voiceless" was broader than helping victims of human trafficking and conducti