Maloney Applauds House Movement on Trafficking Bill
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), co-chair and co-founder of the Human Trafficking Caucus, released the following statement after the House Rules Committee announced that H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), is scheduled to come to the floor the week of February 26.
“I’m proud to have partnered with Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) on FOSTA to combat online sex trafficking and raise awareness of this horrific crime. Online trafficking is not only horrifying and downright evil, it is unequivocally illegal and this legislative package will leave no room for misinterpretation. This bill will empower trafficking survivors and their families, and equip law enforcement with the tools they need to crack down on these horrendous crimes. I hope this bipartisan legislation will pass the House with broad support.”
FOSTA will be brought to the floor with an amendment from Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) that includes provisions of S. 1693, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). The FOSTA-SESTA package will make clear that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) does not prohibit states from prosecuting sex trafficking or prohibit victims from seeking justice against online platforms that facilitate sex trafficking advertising.