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Ohio Senator pushes for bill to end human trafficking

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SESTA seeks to clarify the sex trafficking law to make it illegal to knowingly assist, facilitate, or support sex trafficking, and amend part of the Communications Decency Act. SESTA seeks to clarify the sex trafficking law to make it illegal to knowingly assist, facilitate, or support sex trafficking, and amend part of the Communications Decency Act.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman spoke on the Senate floor, in support for the "stop enabling sex traffickers act" or "SESTA". U.S. Senator Rob Portman spoke on the Senate floor, in support for the "stop enabling sex traffickers act" or "SESTA".

There's growing support from an Ohio legislator for a bill to work towards the end of human trafficking.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman spoke on the Senate floor, in support for the "stop enabling sex traffickers act" or "SESTA" and urged the Senate to vote on the House-passed measure and send it to the president's desk. SESTA passed the House overwhelmingly two weeks ago and was endorsed by the White House. SESTA seeks to clarify the sex trafficking law to make it illegal to knowingly assist, facilitate, or support sex trafficking, and amend part of the Communications Decency Act, that makes online services immune from civil liability for the actions of their users, to exclude enforcement of federal or state sex trafficking laws from its immunity.

"As victims tell me when I'm back home in Ohio, Rob, this has moved from the street corner to the smartphone," said U.S. Senator Rob Portman. "There is a ruthless efficiency about it. Trafficking organizations have told us that the majority of online sex trafficking they encounter, occur through one single website, and that's backpage.com."

SESTA has been criticized for weakening Section 230 protections by making providers become liable for any use of their platforms that facilitates sex trafficking, knowingly if they moderate for such content, and with reckless disregard if they do not proactively take steps to prevent such usage.

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