President Trump signs Wagner's sex trafficking bill into law

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"I have to give credit to Ivanka Trump", Trump said, pointing to his daughter who was standing behind him.

"We would not be here today if it wasn't for your courage", McCarthy told survivors and activists in the room. "We are all together, politicians both Republicans and Democrats, in signing this bill and presenting this to you in your honor".

The new law will build on that, according to the congresswoman. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, spearheaded the bill's efforts in the Senate.

Rep. Wagner's Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) targets online content that promotes or facilitates prostitution, making it punishable by up to 10 years in prison. On the flip side, sex workers say Backpage being shut down has made them less safe.


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The bill also received support from U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, R-Misouri, who co-sponsored the bill and spoke on the Senate floor in support of the bill last month. The bill is written to ensure justice for victims of sex trafficking and ensure that websites like Backpage.com, which knowingly facilitate sex trafficking, can be held liable and brought to justice. "For too long, federal law has shielded websites that knowingly profit off the sexual exploitation of trafficking victims".

The law makes it easier for state attorney-generals and sex-trafficking victims to file lawsuits against social media networks, advertisers and others that host exploitative material on their platforms.

On Monday, an indictment against Backpage.com, the internet's second-largest classified ads website, which is used for sex trafficking, was unsealed. We will continue to fight to save others from the horrors of online sex-trafficking and hold accountable every person responsible for these bad and sickening crimes.

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