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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Isakson: Newly Signed Law Will Help Stop Modern-day Slavery

'Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act' signed into law today

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today praised President Trump for signing the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 into law. The final legislation incorporates the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, which was cosponsored by Isakson.

“The legislation signed into law by the president today is an important step toward holding perpetrators of the vile crime of online sex trafficking accountable and allowing victims to seek recourse,” said Isakson. “This legislation updates and strengthens our laws while keeping the internet open, and I’m glad that it is now law.”

Background:
In the Senate, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act was introduced by U.S. Sen. Portman, R-Ohio. It ensures that operators of websites who knowingly facilitate sex trafficking can be held liable, and that victims can pursue legal recourse in their struggle for justice.

It was introduced in the Senate after a two-year inquiry by Portman and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., that culminated in a report entitled, “Backpage.com’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking.” This report found that Backpage.com knowingly facilitated criminal sex trafficking of vulnerable women and young girls and then covered up evidence of these crimes to increase its own profits.

The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017, which includes provisions from the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, passed the Senate on March 21, 2018, by a vote of 97-2. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 27, 2018.

Related:

Isakson Praises Senate Passage of Bill to Help Stop Modern-day Slavery
Isakson Continues Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery
Senators Isakson, Perdue Praise Passage of Legislation to Help Victims of Human Trafficking

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