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President Trump signs Wagner's sex trafficking bill into law

12 April 2018, 09:59 | Melissa Porter

President Trump signs Wagner's sex trafficking bill into law

President Trump signs Wagner's sex trafficking bill into law

The law passed Congress overwhelmingly. The site offered classified listings for a wide variety of products and services including prostitution and sex trafficking.

Trump called the issue "a tough one", and handed one signing pen to the mother of a victim of the sex trade. She was the first to sue Backpage.com, a classified ads website that has always been criticized as failing to crack down on sex trafficking on its platform.

Corker said the legislation will target online sex trafficking by providing victims the opportunity to seek justice against websites, such as backpage.com, that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking and allowing law enforcement officials to take action against these websites. She was prostituted online on backpage.com. Upon her return to the U.S. at the end of her tenure, she became aware of how pervasive the issue was domestically.

Establishes enhanced penalties-a fine, a prison term of up to 25 years, or both-for a person who commits the offense in one of the following aggravating circumstances: (1) promotes or facilitates the prostitution of five or more persons, or (2) acts with reckless disregard that such conduct contributes to sex trafficking. Desiree Robinson was among a number of girls killed after she was kidnapped.

The protections made users of such sites as Facebook liable for the content. Under FOSTA, state and local prosecutors can now charge website operators for "promotion or facilitation of prostitution" in state court. Even Yvonne Ambrose of Chicago had to wipe away a tear. But a week ago, prosecutors finally secured the first conviction in her death when Charles McFee admitted he delivered her to Hazley for a finder's fee he apparently never received. Its founders, Michael Lacey and James Larkin, are accused in an indictment unsealed Monday of publishing ads that depicted children who authorities said were sex trafficking victims.

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