Dr. Boozman's Check-up
Apr 13 2018
This week, the President signed legislation aimed at curbing online sex trafficking into law.
The new law includes the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), which reforms a misused provision in a 1996 telecommunications act that allows companies to evade prosecution for online business practices that facilitate human trafficking.
Fast Facts on Sex Trafficking:
- The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that there are 4.5 million victims of sex trafficking worldwide.
- A 2014 report by the ILO found that two thirds of the estimated $150 billion profit from the underground industry of human trafficking in the U.S.—an estimated $99 billion—came from commercial sexual exploitation.
- Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received reports of 22,191 sex trafficking cases inside the U.S.
How SESTA Will Help:
- Makes narrowly-crafted changes to the law to ensure websites that knowingly facilitate criminal sex trafficking online are held accountable.
- Gives law enforcement and prosecutors additional tools to crack down on crimes involving exploitation of the vulnerable.
- Allows state attorneys general to prosecute the owners of websites that violate federal sex trafficking laws.
Learn more by watching the remarks I gave in support of SESTA during its consideration on the Senate floor: