Woman 'dabs' as Trump signs sex trafficking bill


Before he signed, he turned to Yvonne Ambrose of IL, and said, "This is in honor of your daughter".

"Most importantly I want to thank the survivors and families who join us today". Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, spearheaded the bill's efforts in the Senate. "Thirty-plus websites and online platforms have either shut down or had major policy changes", Wagner told CNN in an interview in her office Tuesday afternoon.

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.

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Corker said the legislation will target online sex trafficking by providing victims the opportunity to seek justice against websites, such as backpage.com, that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking and allowing law enforcement officials to take action against these websites.

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. The site offered classified listings for a wide variety of products and services including prostitution and sex trafficking. It will help hold the websites that sold them liable for the damage they've done. "For too long, federal law has shielded websites that knowingly profit off the sexual exploitation of trafficking victims". It says, "Websites that promote and facilitate prostitution have been reckless in allowing the sale of sex trafficking victims and have done nothing to prevent the trafficking of children and victims of force, fraud, and coercion". Craigslist also removed its personal ads section shortly after the final vote.

The law is meant to make it easier for state prosecutors and sex-trafficking victims to sue social media networks, advertisers and others that kept exploitative material on their platforms.

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