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Combating Sex Trafficking in 2018: Important Issues on the Policy and Advocacy Landscape

UPDATE: Now that the event has passed, you can watch it here on the blog. In October 2000, Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. It was a watershed moment giving rise to a movement to combat human trafficking across the U.S. and around the world. The nearly two decades of activism since have yielded […]

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Communications Decency Act

Tackling Modern-Day Slavery, Online Sex Trafficking

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold a hearing on H.R. 1865, the Allowing States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA), which was introduced earlier this year by Rep. Ann Wagner. This narrowly crafted legislation is a critical tool for amending section 230 of the Communications […]

Communications Decency Act

WFB: Wyden Tries to Stop Momentum Behind Bipartisan Sex-Trafficking Bill

Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) is trying to put the brakes on a bipartisan anti-sex trafficking bill that is picking up steam and appears headed for all but certain Senate passage early next year. The bill, which the Commerce Committee unanimously passed this week, would allow families of victims of sex-trafficking, as well as states, […]

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CNET: Senate committee passes bill to stop online sex trafficking

The US Senate Commerce Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to pass legislation that could curb online sex trafficking. The legislation would amend a section of the Communications Decency Act by including the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, S. 1693. The idea of the new act is to better empower state law enforcement officials to go after websites that […]

2017 Dirty Dozen:

Amend the CDA, there is no change more urgent to fight sex trafficking

Today the Senate Commerce Committee voted unanimously in support of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (S. 1693). This legislation would amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to protect victims of online sex trafficking and empower state law enforcement officials. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation applauds the action of the Commerce Committee […]

Senate Commerce Committee SESTA Markup

2017 Dirty Dozen:

Action Alert: Will Your Senator Help Fight Online Sex Trafficking?

As you may know, sex trafficking has moved online. But our laws haven’t kept up. In fact, federal law (Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act) gives broad immunity to websites that facilitate sex trafficking. Even websites like (a company on NCOSE’s Dirty Dozen List) that earn most of their profits from sex trafficking […]

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2017 Dirty Dozen:

SESTA Gives Senate a Chance to Protect Victims of Online Sex Trafficking

On Wednesday, November 8, the Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to consider the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (S. 1693). The legislation would amend section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to protect victims of online sex trafficking.  It is the fervent hope of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation that the Committee will […]

2017 Dirty Dozen:

Impact on Capitol Hill, Standing for Online Sex Trafficking Victims

At the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, we are making sure Congress hears the voices of sexually exploited people. Right now, we are pushing Congress to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.  For decades, the courts have wrongly interpreted section 230 of the CDA to shield and give broad immunity to websites that publish third-party content […]

CUA Law Prof. Mary Leary Testifies

Communications Decency Act

Sex Trafficking Victims Support SESTA. Congress Needs to Act.

Sex trafficking victims have a clear message for Congress: Take immediate action to protect us. Do what you must to prevent more women, children, and men from becoming victims of online sex trafficking.  The status quo is failing to protect the most vulnerable.  More than 100 sex trafficking survivors recently sent a letter to Congress […]

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Senate Hearing on SESTA and Amending the CDA

On September 19, U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, convened a legislative hearing on “S.1693, The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017.” You can watch the hearing here.

Portman CDA Hearing

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