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Bipartisan bill targets human trafficking, critics fear for online free speech

Joe Mont | August 2, 2017

A bipartisan array of senators are backing legislation offers “a narrowly-crafted solution designed to protect women and young girls from modern-day slavery.” Critics fret that the end result would diminish online freedom of speech and gut website liability protections.

In response to online sex worker advertisements that contribute to human trafficking, the \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.

The bipartisan bill would:

  • Allow victims of sex trafficking to seek justice against websites that knowingly facilitated the crimes against them;
  • eliminate federal liability protections for websites that assist, support, or facilitate a violation of federal sex trafficking laws; and
  • enable... To get the full story, subscribe now.