Wagner Applauds Judiciary Committee’s Unanimous Passage Of FOSTA

Dec 12, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02) released the following statement following the House Judiciary Committee’s unanimous passage of H.R.1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (“FOSTA”).

“I would like to thank Chairman Goodlatte and the House Judiciary Committee for unanimously passing meaningful legislation that will help end online sex trafficking. FOSTA is a victims first bill that will shut down the websites that profit from modern day sex slavery, send the people who operate them to jail, and ensure that vulnerable people are never sold online. Importantly, this brings Congress one step closer to passing a bill that will finally provide justice for sex trafficking victims,” said Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02). “This legislation is about more than just Backpage.com; by amending Section 230 to give federal, state, and local prosecutors practical tools to hold websites accountable, we will wreak havoc on the hundreds of websites profiting from the sale of sex trafficking victims across my district and our country.”

BACKGROUND

For a list of advocates, law enforcement, and industry groups that support this legislation, click here.