Rosendale Has Consistently Tried to Thwart Efforts to Combat Sex Crimes
Helena – In yet another example of his failure to serve Montanans, wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale has repeatedly opposed efforts to protect victims of sex crimes and human trafficking.
Today, Rosendale’s endorser Sen. Rand Paul also voted against victims of sex trafficking, opposing a bipartisan bill to crack down on online sex trafficking.
Rosendale doesn’t seem to have a problem with this since he has voted against strengthening Montana’s law enforcement efforts to combat sex trafficking and failed to defend victims.
In 2015, Rosendale shamefully voted against a bipartisan measure to help end human trafficking in Montana, protect victims’ rights, and require perpetrators found guilty to register as sex offenders. Despite his opposition, the bill passed with widespread support.
Attorney General Tim Fox attributed the massive increase in human trafficking victims rescued in part to the new law. From 2015 to 2016, Montana rescued 83 percent more adult trafficking victims and rescued 400 percent more juvenile trafficking victims. Because of the law that Rosendale opposed, Montana’s child sex trafficking prevention rating improved from a “D” to an “A” on a national nonprofit’s report card.
Rosendale’s failure to protect Montanans doesn’t end there. He voted in 2015 against creating a permanent sexual assault prosecution unit in the Montana Department of Justice, which AG Fox said would help “train prosecutors and law enforcement throughout the state to better deal with sex crimes.” Rosendale also opposed funding for a service that notifies victims of sex crimes when their attacker is released from prison and voted against supporting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Matt Rosendale has a long, grimy history of ignoring the most vulnerable in our state and neglecting the most basic duties of his job. Now he’s aligning himself with other Washington politicians who atrociously work against efforts to protect Montana’s victims of sex trafficking.
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