Washington - Am Mittwoch hat der US-Senat einstimmig einen Beschluss zur, WASHINGTON, Oct 11 (Reuters) - The Senate unanimously passed on Wednesday a final version of legislation to help protect women from domestic violence and combat global traffickers who force thousands of women into the sex trade. The measure, approved 95-0, will be sent to President Bill Clinton to be signed into law. Overwhelmingly passed by the House of Representatives last week, it reauthorizes the 1994 Violence Against Women Act and provides $3.3 billion over five years to to expand an infrastructure of shelters for battered women and children and to prosecute wife beaters aggressively. The Clinton administration made renewal of the law a priority and has said that it resulted in a 21 percent drop in violence against women since it was first enacted. The previous act expired on Sept. 30, but the latest bill will reauthorize and expand the original legislation to provide more shelters for victims and give grants to cover battered women in college residences and those trapped in violent dating relationships as well as victims of stalking and sexual assault. "It also provides full-faith-and-credit enforcement and computerized tracking of protection orders by prohibiting notification of a batterer without the victim's consent when an out-of-state order is registered in a new jurisdiction," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican who played a leading role in driving the legislation through the Senate. The "full faith and credit" clause of the Constitution requires states to recognise most of the laws, public records and judicial decisions of other states. $95 MILLION APPROPRIATED The sex-trafficking part of the legislation, co-sponsored by Republican Sens. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, appropriates $95 million to combat the growing practice, which is fast becoming a top source of income for organised crime. It provides punishment of up to life imprisonment for traffickers, makes assistance available for victims who wish to sue their captors, provides shelter and authorises changes in immigration laws to allow relief from rapid deportation so human smuggling cases can be prosecuted. Sex trafficking is believed to involve over 1 million women and young girls worldwide, an estimated 50,000 of whom are forced into prostitution or other forms of slave labour in the United States alone. The broad legislation also contains a provision to make it easier for former hostages and other victims of terror to collect compensation from nations that sponsor such acts. Supporters defeated an attempt by Republican Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee to kill a provision known as Aimee's law, that will force states to pay costs if a criminal is released from prison and goes on to commit a crime in another state.