Others have sex or slavery laws that are too archaic to accomplish much. As part of the fact checking effort, the project is sending reports to ministries of justice, embassies, and NGOs in each country to winnow out any blatant errors. The men, members of the Cadena family from Veracruz and their employees, told Rosa that if she tried to escape, the U. Rosa and 16 others would testify. Flimsy partitions separated one mattress from another. Researchers at Hopkins's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies' are Protection Project are chronicling vast numbers of these cases, and the ruination of human lives, to document a crisis some women's rights advocates and others have termed a modern form of slavery. The women were kept in apartment-house brothels ringed with barbed wire fences and guarded by dogs. Sam Brownback R-Kansas , but, in a later compromise version, the president could cut off nonhumanitarian aid only to those countries that do not meet minimum standards and are not trying to do so. After hearing the graphic testimony of the 17 Mexican women in Florida, Judge Ryskamp called the sex trafficking ring that snared Rosa "one of the most base, most vile, most despicable, more reprehensible crimes that I think I have ever encountered. Magazine, and on Capitol Hill, the crux of the discussion on sex trafficking this summer and fall has centered on the bills before Congress, and whether cut-offs in nonhumanitarian aid would help halt the problem, or create more economic woes for the women and children already at risk. In fact, she was forced to "borrow" money to buy food. Advocates for women and children can find out which laws apply in which countries to help prosecute cases and press for stiffer penalties, as well as focus aid efforts. Over the next three months, Rosa would be cycled from trailer to trailer every 15 days. We have to live with that. Lederer, who is in the midst of putting together the first international survey of sex trafficking and related laws, is one of the nation's leading voices on the issue. Trafficking Routes into U. The Protection Project is a campaign.