Under Donald Trump’s presidency, federal prosecutions of child sex traffickers have fallen by 26.7 percent from last year and 32.2 percent from five years ago.
The data shows that U.S. attorneys, all of whom are appointed by the president, are prosecuting far fewer cases that were referred to them by federal and state investigators. During Obama’s final year in office, federal prosecutors pursued about 49 percent of child sex trafficking cases referred to them. That number has fallen to just 39 percent this fiscal year.
Despite Epstein case, sex-trafficking prosecutions fall by 26% — likely because of focus on border crossings