Bipartisan legislation to hold Backpage accountable

And ensure justice for victims of sex trafficking

Loopholes may be closing.

Twenty-one senators recently introduced bipartisan legislation — "The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act — 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 legislation is the result of a two-year Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) inquiry, led by Senators Portman and McCaskill, which culminated in a report entitled “Backpage.com’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking,” which found that Backpage.com knowingly facilitated criminal sex trafficking of vulnerable women and young girls and then covered up evidence of these crimes in order to increase its own profits.  The measure has been endorsedby the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and other anti-trafficking advocates and law enforcement organizations."

Senator Claire McCaskill explained, “Until our investigation showed Backpage was actively facilitating sex trafficking, the company had repeatedly used the federal law that protects online platforms to escape accountability for the disgusting crimes it aided. 

This proposed legislation would update the law and take away that protection.

Senator John McCain says, "“It is disgraceful that the law as written has protected Backpage from being held liable for enabling these horrific crimes. Our legislation would eliminate these legal protections and ensure companies like Backpage are brought to justice for violating the rights of the most innocent among us.”

Senator Ted Cruz says, “I am proud to join Senator Portman’s bill in efforts to stop businesses that would promote or enable the heinous industry of human trafficking.  There is zero tolerance for those who engage in the abuse and victimization of trafficking, in Texas or anywhere. I am hopeful that this bill will save lives and eliminate legal loopholes to hold these offenders accountable in the strongest terms, and bring justice to those they have exploited.”

Let's hope this legislation is enacted quickly and Backpage.com - and similar sites -  are finally held accountable.
SueAnn

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Our September event is at North County Christ the King Church on September 24th!

Hope4Justice invites you to join us at a Freedom Sunday service at NCCTK, 1835 Liberty Street, Lynden, WA 98264.  Choose from 9 or 11 am or 6:30 pm services on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Hope4Justice will be featured during each service. Afterward we'll be in the foyer to share information and answer questions.  We hope to see you -- and a friend -- there!

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