Trump signs law weakening shield for online services that host abusive content

Trump Signs Law Aimed at Curbing Online Sex Trafficking

Trump Signs Law Aimed at Curbing Online Sex Trafficking

While the problem is chronically underreported and there is no official estimate of the total number of victims in the U.S., an estimate from advocacy group Polaris puts the number of victims nationally "into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex trafficking and labor trafficking are aggregated".

"FOSTA gives prosecutors the tools they need", said Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), chief sponsor of the bill, "to ensure that no online business can ever approach the size of Backpage again".

Sen. Rob Porter (R-OH) added, "For too long, courts around the country have ruled that (websites like) Backpage can continue to facilitate illegal sex trafficking online with no repercussions".

"We've already interrupted 87% of the global ad volume". "We are all together, politicians both Republicans and Democrats, in signing this bill and presenting this to you in your honor". Seven of its executives were arrested a few days before the signing of the bill on a 93-count indictment that alleges the website facilitated prostitution and laundered tens of millions of dollars in profits. "Those women and children that have been sold with impunity by Backpage for 15 years".

The measure, which passed the Senate overwhelmingly by a vote of 97-2 last month, passed the House in February by a vote of 388-25 and is backed by a broad coalition of anti-trafficking advocates, law enforcement organizations, civil rights groups, faith-based advocates, and industry leaders on both sides of the aisle.

"Backpage.com, a classified ad listing service, was seized by the Department of Justice for "knowingly facilitating" prostitution ads as well as covering up sexually trafficked children while publicly pretending to do something about it", she charged.

Wagner first became involved in anti-trafficking advocacy efforts when she was a U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg. "It means so much to our family", she said.

The President praised his daughter's efforts during the signing ceremony. The woman said from behind Trump in the Oval Office, "I am not a survivor".

HR 1865 "Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017" is created to combat online sex trafficking by weakening a legal shield for online services that support abusive content.

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