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President signs sex trafficking bill into law

President signs sex trafficking bill into law

The measure, which passed the Senate overwhelmingly by a vote of 97-2 last month, passed the House in February by a vote of 388-25 and is backed by a broad coalition of anti-trafficking advocates, law enforcement organizations, civil rights groups, faith-based advocates, and industry leaders on both sides of the aisle.

Sen. Rob Porter (R-OH) added, "For too long, courts around the country have ruled that (websites like) Backpage can continue to facilitate illegal sex trafficking online with no repercussions".

Trump handed a signing pen to a mother of a victim of sex trade, saying it was his "great honor" to usher the act into law.

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Ambrose's 16-year-old daughter Desiree was found murdered on Christmas Eve. 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".

Trump signed FOSTA in the Oval Office, surrounded by survivors of online sex trafficking and members of Congress from both parties. Yvonne sued Backpage, but now, it's more likely she could win. Her attorneys issued a statement from her after the signing ceremony.

The new law paves the way for victims to hold websites accountable for knowingly facilitating sex trafficking. The legislation grew out of frustration that classified-ad sites can claim they aren't the publisher of questionable content but are merely transmitting posts by others. The accused pimp, Joseph Hazley, faces federal charges for allegedly selling her for sex on the website. The woman is one of the survivors of the Backpage.com saga that brought the activities of the website to the spotlight. Its founders, Michael Lacey and James Larkin, are accused in an indictment unsealed Monday of publishing ads that depicted children who authorities said were sex trafficking victims.