U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is praising passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of provisions of her bipartisan anti-trafficking bill—legislation supported by survivors, advocates, law enforcement, and the tech community—to bring justice for sex trafficking victims and ensure websites like Backpage, which knowingly facilitate sex trafficking, can be held liable and brought to justice.
“Combating sex trafficking is a bipartisan, all-hands-on-deck battle, one in which we fought Backpage to the Supreme Court and won, and the overwhelming vote of support in the House puts us one step closer to passing into law a bill to stop the next Backpage,” said McCaskill.
The House of Representatives adopted an amendment by Republican Representative Mimi Walters of California to insert language from McCaskill’s bipartisan Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act into the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, a bill introduced by Republican Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri. The amendment, which was included in the bill the House passed in a 388-25 vote, strengthens the originally narrower bill to allow sex trafficking victims to pursue federal civil claims against websites that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking, as well allow local prosecutors and state attorneys general to bring criminal charges against such websites.