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February 23, 2018

New Momentum on House Efforts to Tackle Online Sex Trafficking

Next week, the House is expected to vote on legislation introduced by Rep. Ann Wagner, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (H.R. 1865), or FOSTA, which will be amended with language from the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (S. 1693), SESTA.

That deal combines H.R. 1865 FOSTA, legislation sponsored by Rep Ann Wagner, with an amendment offered by Rep. Mimi Walters to add in the language of S. 1693 SESTA. SESTA, sponsored by Senators, Portman, Blumenthal, and McCaskill, makes the vital CDA changes we’ve been asking for. It’s is imperative that these bills be combined! Without the Walters amendment, the long sought-after changes to the CDA will not be included. This combination of legislation would provide victims the ability to pursue civil rights of action and for state Attorneys General to bring cases.

So, its FOSTA + Walter’s SESTA amendment! Representatives must be urged to pass this combo and this combo only, as we expect Representatives working closely with tech to offer other killer amendments.

This is an extremely critical juncture in our fight to stop online sex trafficking and restore justice to victims. Please make calls, send emails, tweet, and post on Facebook as soon as possible. Now is the time! Let’s stop the kingpins of online sexual exploitation!

Please thank the Senators and House members who have been leading this important effort!  We have some suggested Tweets below: 

.@RepAnnWagner, thank you for your strong leadership in fighting to end the scourge of online sex trafficking of women, men, and children. #IamJaneDoe #ListenToSurvivors #AmendCDA #CDA230 Click To Tweet .@RepMimiWalters, thank you for your strong leadership in fighting to end the scourge of online sex trafficking of women, men, and children. #IamJaneDoe #ListenToSurvivors #AmendCDA #CDA230 Click To Tweet Thank you @RepMimiWalters for your leadership in restoring #SESTA language to #FOSTA to give victims a pathway to justice against websites that facilitate human trafficking. #IamJaneDoe #ListenToSurvivors #CDA230 Click To Tweet

Thank you @GOPLeader for restoring civil remedies for survivors of sex trafficking to #FOSTA. #IamJaneDoe #ListenToSurvivors #CDA230 Click To Tweet

.@SenRobPortman Thank you for your tenacious leadership in standing with survivors and fighting to update #CDA230. #IamJaneDoe #ListenToSurvivors #SESTA Click To Tweet

.@SenBlumenthal Thank you for your incredible leadership in fighting to disrupt the online sex trafficking of children and adult victims. #SESTA #IamJaneDoe #ListenToSurvivors Click To Tweet

Lisa Thompson

Lisa L. Thompson, Vice President of Research and Education, National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Vice President and Director of the NCOSE Research Institute

As Vice President of Research and Education for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Lisa conducts policy analysis and advocacy, advances understanding of pornography’s public health harms, and liaises with public officials, advocates, and academics to advance strategies combating the web of sexual exploitation, including pornography, stripping, prostitution, sexual trafficking, sexual assault, and more.

Lisa joined NCOSE following two years with World Hope International where as Director of Anti-Trafficking, Lisa oversaw sex trafficking recovery programs in Cambodia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Lisa is a contributing author to Hands that Heal: International Curriculum for Caregivers of Trafficking Survivors, as well as the book Global Perspectives on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking:  Europe Latin America, North America, and Global. Lisa also routinely speaks and trains on sexual exploitation topics for a diverse range of audiences. Lisa served for more than 12 years as the Liaison for the Abolition of Sexual Trafficking for The Salvation Army USA National Headquarters.

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