Senate panel approves online sex trafficking bill
The Senate Commerce Committee approved SESTA this week (Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act). This bi-partisan legislation was introduced to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to help stop human trafficking and give victims legal recourse against those who have profited from their suffering and abuse — including social media networks, advertisers and others who fail to keep exploitative materials off their platforms.
Online companies were worried the bill would make them unfairly liable for content posted by third parties and received opposition from heavy-hitters in the tech world. However, a trade group representing the biggest web firms backed the bill after technical revisions were made to the language.
Backpage.com has been the biggest name in the spotlight because of their longstanding practice of both automatically and manually editing sex trafficking ads to help evade detection by law enforcement.
What happens next? Next, SESTA is off to the Senate Floor for a vote!
How can you help? If you haven’t already, please, let Congress know you want SESTA passed. Click on the link below to sign the petition. Share this information with your friends and family. Let them know how very important it is for this legislation to pass!