Check out this excellent article by Mother Jones:
We would add is that it’s not just survivors of trafficking for sex who are harmed with these policies. Many survivors of trafficking for labor (domestic servitude, agriculture, restaurants, etc.) are vulnerable to sexual assault.
Furthermore, if you ask ANY case manager doing this work, they will tell you that any person held in human trafficking, regardless of the type of trafficking, usually has unmet medical needs (which, for women, include gynecological services).
Restricting access to healthcare because of ideology means that you are not truly providing the care and services that survivors of human trafficking need and thus not fulfilling the goals of the funding and the law. Requiring a program to tap into emergency funds or divert funds from other essential programs to cover these costs ONLY because of religion is not a solution. Furthermore many organizations (like Break the Chain) don’t have alternate funding sources. This means that small, local service organizations without million-dollar budgets, those that are often connected with immigrant community organizations (BTCC’s cases were mostly African and South Asian domestic workers), are at a huge disadvantage. Our organizations depend on TVPA funding to do the work, so it’s important that the funding cover the entire range of needs that our clients have when we meet them.
I could go on at length, but I am glad Mother Jones is covering this issue.