Update 3/16/2018: Polaris urges the Senate to pass SESTA without Amendments. Download the letter here
Through websites such as Backpage.com, the internet has long since overtaken the street corner as the marketplace for sex trafficking.
Recently, investigations have suggested that some popular commercial websites may actually facilitate trafficking through their business practices.
The National Human Trafficking Hotline, which is operated by Polaris, has received nearly 2,000 reports of sex trafficking that were facilitated through online advertisements. Now, the Senate, the tech community, and the anti-trafficking field are coming together to find a solution. This will effectively combat this crime while still protecting First Amendment freedoms.
The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) is a narrowly focused, bipartisan bill that targets websites that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking. It ensures websites that violate federal sex trafficking laws are held accountable, without inadvertently affecting good actors that aren’t deliberately enabling sex trafficking. In order to combat online sex trafficking, we are urging the Senate to pass this bill without amendments.