The Act to Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers

Every day in America women and children are sold for sex, labor, and participation in drug trafficking. Recent legislation has created a new dialogue about the magnitude of trafficking of children online. Viewing sex trafficking of children through any lens will demand justice. What is justice and how do we attain it? Who is responsible for sex trafficking of children? Who are the enablers of sex trafficking?


U.S. Senator Portman of Ohio introduced S. 1693 the “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act.” The Act is bipartisan legislation to hold internet providers and online companies responsible for enabling sex traffickers to sell women and children online. Many politicians, advocates and businesses are encouraging Congress and President Trump to support an effort to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

What is CDA 230? It is a federal statute under 47 U.S.C. § 230, a provision of the Communication Decency Act. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, CDA 230 is “the most important law protecting internet speech.” EFF has opposed amending CDA 230.

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