Maloney Praises Senate Passage of Bill to Combat Online Sex Trafficking

Mar 21, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Senate passed the bipartisan H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), which includes an amendment added in the House to incorporate provisions of S. 1693, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). After Senate passage of the FOSTA-SESTA legislative package, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), co-chair and co-founder of the Human Trafficking Caucus, released the following statement:

“I was proud to join Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) on the floor of the Senate today as we watched the Senate pass our bill to deliver overdue justice for trafficking victims. As this bill heads to the President’s desk for his signature, we are one step closer to correcting a grievous ambiguity in our federal laws. For too long, websites like Backpage.com, which actively facilitate advertising on their platforms for sex with trafficking victims and children, have been able to escape accountability. This soon to be law will make it clear that internet companies that facilitate sex trafficking are not shielded by federal law. It will also give states better tools to crack down on these horrendous crimes and empowers trafficking survivors and their families to seek justice in court. I hope the President will quickly sign this transformative bill into law.” 

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