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Wagner Statement on White House Anti-Human Trafficking, FOSTA Roundtable

Mar 13, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02) released the following statement after today’s White House roundtable on the fight to end human trafficking and her bill, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA):

“I would like to thank Ivanka Trump for hosting this White House discussion on the fight to end online sex trafficking, and my bill, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). While sex trafficking has moved from the streets to the internet, our laws have not kept up. FOSTA, which has already passed the House in bipartisan fashion, will give victims a pathway to justice and ensure that the businesses that sell our children online can no longer do so with impunity. This legislation will be transformative in the fight against trafficking by giving state and local prosecutors the tools they need to hold websites accountable for facilitating prostitution and sex trafficking. It is a wake-up call that Congress never intended to create a system that allows businesses to commit crimes online that they could never commit offline. I look forward to the upcoming vote in the Senate, and I am optimistic that FOSTA will make it to the President’s desk and be signed into law so that law enforcement can put these predators behind bars once and for all.”