U.S. Senator Ben Sasse released the following statement after the Senate passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. Sasse co-sponsored the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, the companion legislation in the Senate.
“Even in Nebraska, human traffickers are pushing the dark underworld of sex-slavery. Victims, women and often young children, are forced to endure unimaginable physical pain and emotional duress. While there is no one federal fix that will completely end these injustices, this legislation is an important step. By targeting websites that profit off of these horrors, we are helping to hold bad actors accountable and close the online pathway that sex traffickers have recently turned to in droves. Modern sex-slavery must be confronted head on in our communities.”
The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act updates the Communications Decency Act to remove the legal immunity that criminal sex trafficking websites have used to evade legal repercussions. This legislation creates a pathway to hold bad actors accountable and ensure restitution for victims.