President Trump signed bill Wednesday meant to permit victims of sex trafficking to sue online platforms that knowingly facilitated the trafficking.
Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America, applauds the commander in chief for supporting the biggest anti-sex trafficking bill since the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003. 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".
The 93-count indictment announced by the Justice Department Monday against seven people associated with major trafficking platform Backpage.com, Wagner said, was a "huge victory" for victims. This bill provides law enforcement and prosecutors the tools they need to seek justice for trafficking victims and hold websites that knowingly facilitate these crimes accountable.
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"You are not alone", he added. It weakens a legal shield for online services that host abusive content, including sex trafficking.
"This wasn't just happening in other countries, it's hiding in plain sight in our own country", she said, noting that in the last five years, there has been an 846% increase in child sex trafficking reports at the same time the crime has moved "from the streets to the Internet".
Addressing the victims and family members in attendance, he said, "I'm signing this bill in your honor ..." But the president ignored shouted questions about those topics after the signing ceremony.
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The woman dabbed as Trump gave some remarks before signing the bill and then was given a few seconds to talk to the president.
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. I've passed a lot of bills - this was hard.
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