Waikiki, located on the island of O’ahu, is a big destination for those visiting the islands of Hawaii. The streets of Waikiki are always alive with nightlife, but one issue of the lively nightlife is about to come under the glare of international attention due to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in November, prostitution and sex trafficking. There have been little measures taken to address the issue of sex trafficking in Hawaii, which has attributed to The Polaris Project’s ranking Hawaii as one of the “Dirty Dozen,” which are the 12 states in the Union, still lacking measures and laws in the war on sex trafficking. Kathryn Xian, Director of Advocacy for the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery, has lobbied for years for legislation that addresses the issue of sex trafficking, and this year, House Bill 240 is under review by Governor Neil Abercrombie, who has until July 12 to either sign or veto the bill, or it will become a part of Hawaii law without his signature.
To learn more about House Bill 240 and the sex trafficking issue in Hawaii, click on the link below: