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If these allegations are proven to be true, Sen. Menendez is in violation of the PROTECT Act of 2003. The Protect Act made it illegal for U.S. citizens to go to other countries and engage in illicit sexual conduct, which the bill defines as a sexual act “with a person under 18 years of age that would be in violation of chapter 109A if the sexual act occurred in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States; or (2) any commercial sex act (as defined in section 1591) with a person under 18 years of age.” The punishment under the Protect Act can be up to 30 years in prison.

Now, according to 18 U.S.C. 2423 (United States Code) which is the section for the Protect Act, a defendant may utilize the defense that they did not know the prostitute they hired was under the age of 18. The PROTECT Act of 2003 also makes it clear that even if a sexual act is legal in another country, a U.S. citizen participating in it may still be prosecuted under this Act (prostitution is legal in the Dominican Republic.)

Then-Rep. Menendez voted for the PROTECT Act of 2003.

The PROTECT Act of 2003 references 18 U.S.C. 1591, which is part of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA). This section of the Code is titled, “Sex trafficking of children by force, fraud or coercion.” One of the purposes of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its subsequent reauthorizations in 2003, 2005, and 2008 is to end the demand for commercial sex; in fact, end-demand efforts are one of the criteria the United States Department of State (DOS) uses to rate countries in the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.

Then-Rep. Menendez voted for the TVPA of 2000;

Then-Rep. Menendez voted for the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2003;

Then-Rep. Menendez was a co-sponsor of the TVPRA of 2005;

Sen. Menendez began his term in the Senate in 2007, and the TVPRA of 2008 passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent; and

Sen. Menendez was a co-sponsor of the TVPRA of 2011, which died in the last session.

19 Comments!

  1. Montjoie
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm |

    Laws are for the little people.

  2. accipiter NW
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 12:29 am |

    War Against Women! War Against Women! Oh, under 18, they technically are still girls…..
    Nevermind.

  3. Merovign
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 1:26 am |

    On the other hand, Holder got away with Fast & Furious and Obama and/or Clinton got away with abandoning the Benghazi consulate (or whatever the office’s title was), so it seems we’ve exited the “Age of Law” and entered the “Second Feudal Age.”

  4. Freddie Sykes
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 3:11 am |

    At least they were 16 or he would have violated child labor laws. I am, of course, assuming that they were union members.

  5. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 4:52 am |

    I am purty shore, Sneator Menendez will never see a day in his life, looking at the inside of jail cell bars…..Why? Because no Sneator ever has, for dipping his wick where it ought not to have been dipped! (…recall a long time forgotten old Southren Sneator, who had a prostitute parachute outa his limo inside DC, and skated…).

    Justice don`t work in the Sneator World. *Canes*, an mebbe, sumday a AR-15 will be an crude substitute////////// or mayhaps a *Drone*………….

  6. Joe
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 5:39 am |

    Being as he’s a Democrat, this is a resume enhancer. He would have scored more points had they been underage boys, and, frankly, I’m surprised they weren’t.

  7. Steve Skubinna
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 6:23 am |

    The sex is amusing, but is only a quid pro quo. What was going on behind it all? What was Dr. Melgen getting in exchange? We already know about the billion dollar security contract he had the US Govt enforce for him. What else was there?

    Still, I’m with merovign. Fast and Furious, Benghazi, who gives a rat’s ass?

  8. geezerette
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 7:01 am |

    It’s all a right wing conspiracy. With the Democrats if they aren’t trailer trash you find a river to drive into.

  9. rickn8or
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 7:11 am |

    “Fact-finding tour.”

    (…recall a long time forgotten old Southren Sneator, who had a prostitute parachute outa his limo inside DC, and skated…)

    Bleeve you’re thinking of Arkansas’ own Rep Wilbur Mills and his hiring of a stripper that couldn’t type.

  10. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 7:25 am |

    What difference does it make now? [/hillaryvoice]

    This low-life probably co-sponsored those bills only as a means of getting access to the background files. You know, a list of under-age prostitution resources.

  11. mojo
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 8:12 am |

    “Si se pedo” is funny.

  12. JimB
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:21 am |

    You mean to say that congress didn’t exempt itself from this law too? They really ought to read it before it becomes law..don’t you think??

  13. Joe
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm |

    He was just boning up on his new job as Senate Foreign Relations Chairman.

  14. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm |

    Well, Rep Rangel evaded taxes on rental property income in the Dom. Republic, claiming he didn’t know the law, and he chaired the House Ways and Means Committee which writes the tax laws. What’s the difference?
    Difference is if any of us did these things we’d be in prison, that’s the difference, Senator, Congressman, Madame Secretary.
    Wall, bureaucrat, 6 rifles, 6 bullets, need 6 citizens willing to assemble.

  15. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm |

    ^ 5 rounds. That way the firing squad members don’t know if they …
    (What? Oh, okay, 30 rounds.)

  16. Terrapod
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm |

    Si se pedo = yes he farted, so I guess that is appropriate ;-)

  17. geezerette
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm |

    He’s boning up. :))

  18. Dave
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm |

    I almost wish he was a Republican so he would be crucified.

  19. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm |

    HFC, the crap is running downhill faster and faster. What kind of mentality puts the lives of a couple million American soldiers and the national security of the nation in the hands of a dim bulb like Hagel, our foreign policy in the hands of another mediocre intellect and vain gigolo like John Ketchup, and a pervert racist hack like Menendez? … There is a deadly sickness of bad ideas and naivette in American foreign policy and economic leadership and it no longer has the spotlight of the press nor the learned wisdom and analysis of academia to nudge it back to The Way.

    Starting with Uhbama on down, having people as vain, shallow and ignorant as those running this nation is going to have ugly real world consequences, probably sooner than later, probably not in the domestic political sense, with our great sea of ‘low information’ voters, but in the more fundamental sense that they’re allowing a cascade of bad things to happen from indolence, stupidity, vain ideology, and greed. China owns our unpayable debt and regularly hacks our computer systems and steals our industrial secrets, the Muslim Brotherhood is laughing at us as they place moles in our government while linking up their caliphate, Iran is merrily building a bomb with Israel’s name on it, OPEC is talking of dropping the dollar as a measure of oil prices, the best medical system the world has ever seen wil be driven into a second rate, overpriced, lethargic bureaucracy, millions of Americans have given up looking for work, what was the best university system in the world is now getting most of their students in engineering and science from third world countries while our own youth wallow around in Angry Studies and Social Justice, and leaders around the world are laughing up their sleeves at Uhbama and his gang of clowns.

    Can you find anything commendable in these creatures – Uhbama, Biden, Jarrett, Geithner, Clinton, Pelosi, Reid, Napolitano, Panetta, and now Menendez, Hagel, Ketchup and Lew?
    God help us.