KSFY: Concerns remain over internet freedoms as Senate continues push to end online trafficking Concerns remain over Internet freedoms as Senate continues push to end online trafficking

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) – Lawmakers in Washington are looking for ways to stop online sex trafficking. Senator John Thune (R-SD) is pushing legislation that would hold certain websites accountable if their site hosts trafficking ads. An anti-trafficking advocate says this legislation needs to pass soon before the problem worsens.

“They’re making it as easy as buying a pizza to buy a human being online,” said Lisa Thompson from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

Thompson wants lawmakers to act before it’s too late. Her work led her to Capitol Hill to advocate for a change to legislation that provides protections for websites. She says some sites are able to host advertisements and grow the trafficking industry because of these protections.

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