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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Trump moves against sex trafficking


U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at penalising website operators that facilitate online sex trafficking.

The law is intended to make it easier for state prosecutors and sex-trafficking victims to sue social media networks, advertisers and others that kept exploitative material on their platforms.

The signing occurred as Washington sharpens its scrutiny on technology companies, which have largely evaded regulation, for their use of privacy protections and consumer data.

Law enforcement has lobbied for such legislation for years, and the bill had drawn support from Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a White House adviser.

Republican U.S. Senator, Rob Portman, a co-sponsor of the Senate version of the bill said “this is a momentous day in the fight to help stop online sex trafficking, and a big victory for trafficking victims and survivors, who for too long have been denied the opportunity to get the justice they deserve.”

On Monday, an indictment against Backpage.com, the internet’s second-largest classified ads website, which is used for sex trafficking, was unsealed.

resident Donald Trump on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at penalising website operators that facilitate online sex trafficking.

The law is intended to make it easier for state prosecutors and sex-trafficking victims to sue social media networks, advertisers and others that kept exploitative material on their platforms a

The signing occurred as Washington sharpens its scrutiny on technology companies, which have largely evaded regulation, for their use of privacy protections and consumer data.

Law enforcement has lobbied for such legislation for years, and the bill had drawn support from Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a White House adviser.

Republican U.S. Senator, Rob Portman, a co-sponsor of the Senate version of the bill said “this is a momentous day in the fight to help stop online sex trafficking, and a big victory for trafficking victims and survivors, who for too long have been denied the opportunity to get the justice they deserve.”

On Monday, an indictment against Backpage.com, the internet’s second-largest classified ads website, which is used for sex trafficking, was unsealed.

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