United States Congress is making measurable progress in putting online trafficking sources out of business – or in jail – but it is contended that more needs to be done to eradicate the problem.
The Communications Decency Act was passed in 1996 with a good purpose in mind, but as Lisa Thompson of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation told OneNewsNow, the law has been misused by human traffickers for decades.
“This law unintentionally has been shielding websites that provide platforms that basically provide the super structure for sex trafficking to happen,” Thompson asserted. “Basically, what you have is people posting ads for prostitution and so forth on these websites.”
Authorities have been able to use the trafficking ads to track down pimps and prosecute them – but this is not the case with operations such as Backpage and Craig's List, which have a history of posting the ads.
The U.S. Senate now has the opportunity to send the two a message to stop peddling adults and children on their websites.
“We're optimistic,” Thompson insisted. “There have been like 67 supporters or co-sponsors of this Senate bill that has been put forward already, so what we need now is to get this passed so that we can restore rights to victims of sex trafficking and really hold these traffickers accountable.”
When it passes and is signed into law by President Donald Trump, such website operators will no longer be able to pad their bank accounts with money from the ads that trap victims into an unhealthy, illegal and sometimes deadly lifestyle.
H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 and S. 1693, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017, both work to eradicate websites sex trafficking on websites llike Backpage and Craig's List.