President Donald Trump signed into law today legislation that criminalizes the use of the internet to advertise prostitution and child sex trafficking.
"FOSTA gives prosecutors the tools they need", said Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), chief sponsor of the bill, "to ensure that no online business can ever approach the size of Backpage again". Yvonne told WUSA9, "That man who purchased her from Backpage, beat her, strangled her, raped her and then cut her throat".
The PROTECT Act would amend existing human trafficking law to specify that the use of drugs or illegal substances to cause a person to engage in a commercial sex act or forced labor constitutes a form of coercion.
The bipartisan Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act would clarify Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to ensure that websites that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking can be held liable so that victims can get justice. Seven of its executives were arrested a few days before the signing of the bill on a 93-count indictment that alleges the website facilitated prostitution and laundered tens of millions of dollars in profits.
The new law will build on that, according to the congresswoman. It says, "Websites that promote and facilitate prostitution have been reckless in allowing the sale of sex trafficking victims and have done nothing to prevent the trafficking of children and victims of force, fraud, and coercion".
Wagner first became involved in anti-trafficking advocacy efforts when she was a United States ambassador to Luxembourg.
"People can order up little girls to a hotel room as easy as they could takeout", she said.
"I have to give credit to Ivanka Trump", Trump said, pointing to his daughter who was standing behind him.
The President praised his daughter's efforts during the signing ceremony.
Corker was an original co-sponsor of the Senate version of the legislation, the "Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act".
"It's hard to do big things".