By: Kari Carr
The bill Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 has been introduced by Representative Wagner along with Representatives Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Ed Royce (R-CA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Martha Roby (R-AL), and Lynn Jenkins (R-KS).
This monumental, nonpartisan bill aims “to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of such Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sexual exploitation of children or sex trafficking.”
Why is This Bill Important?
As outlined by Rep. Wagner’s office, this bill would accomplish four important measures in the fight for freedom:
- Amend Section 230 to allow State authorities to investigate and prosecute websites that facilitate sex trafficking using State criminal statutes that prohibit sex trafficking or sexual exploitation of children.
2. Amend Section 230 to allow victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of children to exercise civil remedies, such as the private right of action available to sex trafficking victims in the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.
3. Amend 18 U.S.C. § 1591, the sex trafficking statute, to define “participation in a venture” in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit’s 2016 decision in Jane Doe vs. Backpage.com, LLC.
4. Amend 18 U.S.C. § 1591 to clarify that it is unlawful for a provider of an interactive computer service to publish information provided by an information content provider, with reckless disregard that the information is in furtherance of a sex trafficking offense.
Read the entire press release here: http://wagner.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/wagner-introduces-bipartisan-allow-states-and-victims-to-fight-online
The proposed legislation has the support of the National District Attorneys Association, National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Deliver Fund, the Missouri Attorney General Office, and several smaller groups such as MO Kids First, Covering House, Coalition Against Trafficking and Exploitation, Exodus Cry, Concerned Women for America, Innocents at Risk, C-FAM, Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now, and others.
Share this news and ask your friends to sign our petition today to tell Congress to vote “YES” for Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017. Link: https://www.change.org/p/hold-websites-accountable-for-aiding-and-abetting-human-trafficking
You can click here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ to find your representative and contact them to tell them the significance of passing Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017.
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