Trump Signs Bill Targeting Online Sex Trafficking Facilitators

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Establishes enhanced penalties-a fine, a prison term of up to 25 years, or both-for a person who commits the offense in one of the following aggravating circumstances: (1) promotes or facilitates the prostitution of five or more persons, or (2) acts with reckless disregard that such conduct contributes to sex trafficking. "You are not alone".

"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". "We are all together, politicians both Republicans and Democrats, in signing this bill and presenting this to you in your honor". Seven people associated with the website were recently indicted on charges of facilitating prostitution, conspiracy and money laundering.

The new law will build on that, according to the congresswoman.

The passing of the legislation brought on a federal investigation into Backpage.com, which ultimately shut down the classified advertising website. It weakens a legal shield for online services that host abusive content, including sex trafficking. Upon her return to the USA at the end of her tenure, she became aware of how pervasive the issue was domestically.

Sheriff Mehr said there will always be online sex trafficking from third parties from other countries but this law will help stop those in the United States.

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"People can order up little girls to a hotel room as easy as they could takeout", she said.

Law enforcement has lobbied for such legislation for years, and the bill had drawn support from Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a White House adviser.

The President praised his daughter's efforts during the signing ceremony.

The woman dabbed as Trump gave some remarks before signing the bill and then was given a few seconds to talk to the president. "And to do hard things, it takes a lot of grit and gumption a little grace from God", she said.

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