Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking Signed Into Law, Another Bill Headed to the Senate
Washington, DC- U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement after President Trump signed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) into law and the House passed H.R. 2219, the End Banking for Human Trafficking Act to combat human trafficking.
"Today, Democrats and Republicans came together and took additional steps to stop human trafficking," Davis said. "Bad internet actors, like Backpage.com, have helped facilitate this horrendous crime with little retribution. The bipartisan bill President Trump signed into law today makes changes to help law enforcement to better identify and punish bad internet actors and the bill the House passed addresses money laundering fueling human trafficking. We continue to make stopping human trafficking a priority by attacking this crime from every angle."
H.R. 1865, FOSTA
Last year, an investigation by Congress found that sites like Backpage.com were knowingly advertising and financially benefiting from sex trafficking. Federal law enforcement recently seizedBackpage.com.
FOSTA creates a new federal statute and increases penalties for websites that facilitate online sex trafficking. Additionally, this bill provides restitution to aid victims and gives them a pathway to sue bad actors for violating the law. The House passed FOSTA on February 27, 2018 and it passed the Senate on March 21, 2018. More information can be found here.
H.R. 2219, the End Banking for Human Trafficking Act
The House overwhelmingly approved H.R. 2219, the End Banking for Human Trafficking Act on Tuesday by a vote of 408-2. This bill helps combat money laundering and other payments related to human trafficking.