A step forward for trafficking victims

Monday, April 16, 2018
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

man using computer in dark roomWebsites facilitating sex trafficking are already reacting to a new federal law.

By signing the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) into law, Haley Halverson of the National Center on Sexual Trafficking tells OneNewsNow that President Trump has effectively ended immunity for online sex trafficking websites.

"As crazy as it seems, before this law amended on the Communications Decency Act, there is a loophole in the way that the courts were interpreting old laws that gave broad immunity to websites, even when they were knowingly facilitating ads for prostitution and sex trafficking," Halverson explains.

Halverson

Victims of trafficking were barred from suing those sites, but the new measure reverses that restriction.

"This law was just signed in, but already websites are responding by self-censoring," she reports. "There are several prominent sex trafficking and prostitution ad websites that have started to shut down their ads even before the law is being enforced because they're seeing the handwriting on the wall."

Not only will federal officials enforce FOSTA, but state and local authorities will as well. Meanwhile, Halverson's organization has worked with several other groups to set up SexTradeSurvivorResources.com to list resources for trafficking victims who want out.

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