Currently in the United States, men, women, and children are openly auctioned for sex on the internet through online platforms such as Backpage and Craig's List because these platforms are protected by a loophole within the Communications Decency Act of 1996. By ammending Section 230, we will end this online behavior by holding these platforms responsible should human trafficking actions take place through their website (which will inevitably cause them to provide better monitoring of user submitted content).
Attorneys General across our nation have pleaded with Congress to amend Section 230 and it is finally happening! As an organization working tirelessly to end human trafficking in the United States, we strongly believe this amendment is critical and strategic to the fight. Now is the time for change!
Help congress amend Section 230 by spreading awareness on social media and contacting your Representatives and Senators through phone calls or letters.
There are two bills currently being introduced: one is a House of Representatives bill sponsored by Ann Wagner and the other is a Senate bill sponsored by Rob Portman.
This bill amends the Communications Decency Act of 1996 to specify that protecting providers or users of interactive computer services from liability for the private blocking or screening of offensive material shall not be construed to impair the enforcement of, or limit availability of victim restitution or civil remedies under, state or federal criminal or civil laws relating to sexual exploitation of children or sex trafficking.
The bill amends the federal criminal code to specify that the violation for benefiting from "participation in a venture" engaged in sex trafficking of children, or by force, fraud, or coercion, includes knowing or reckless conduct by any person or entity and by any means that furthers or in any way aids or abets the violation.
A provider of an interactive computer service that publishes information provided by an information content provider with reckless disregard that the information is in furtherance of a sex trafficking offense shall be subject to a criminal fine or imprisonment for not more than 20 years.
A bill to amend the Communications Decency Act of 1996 to clarify that section 230 of that Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sex trafficking.