Update about SESTA: Another step of progress in Washington DC!

Progress in Washington DC seems to move at a snails pace but at least it's continuing to move in the right direction concerning the proposed Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA).

In our emails last fall, Hope4Justice featured articles about proposed legislation, known as the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act or SESTA, to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act which allowed companies like Backpage.com to escape responsibility for sex trafficking of children on their website.  This week, we're sharing what Senator Rob Portman's weekly report to constituents says about SESTA.  Titled "Rob's Rundown," it says, "In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) urged action on his bipartisan Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, legislation designed to ensure justice for victims of sex trafficking and ensure that websites such as Backpage.com, which knowingly facilitate sex trafficking, can be held liable and brought to justice. The bill, which now has more than 60 cosponsors, is supported by victims and advocates, anti-human trafficking leaders and law enforcement50 Attorneys General, the civil rights communityfaith-based groups, the larger tech community, and courts and judges who have made clear that it is Congress’ responsibility to act to protect sex trafficking victims. Said Portman in his speech, “It’s not an issue of politics or partisanship, it’s about preventing exploitation and providing justice.” (Transcript of the video can be found here and a link can be found here.)

Passing the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficker's Act will be an important victory in the battle against trafficking of minors.  Let's pray for this law to pass soon.
Sue Ann

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Not all of us can travel to a foreign country to volunteer with an organization combating trafficking.  We can, however, learn from those who are able to make the trip.  Dana P's daily accounts of her trip to Cambodia to volunteer with Agape International Missions (AIM) are eye opening and heart wrenching, as they describe the situations Dana encountered.  Click here to read Day Three of Dana's blog about how America's actions influenced trafficking in Cambodia.  Click here to read Day Four and get a glimpse into the fate of the children living in Svay Pak as well as how Dana's hotel dealt with sex trafficking.
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