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Published On: Thu, Apr 12th, 2018

President Trump signs FOSTA to fight human sex trafficking

President Trump signed H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), on Wednesday.

The anti-human trafficking bill was passed by both houses of Congress.

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Trump was surrounded by his daughter Ivanka, several lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, and survivors of human trafficking.

The bill “amends the Communications Act of 1934 to create an exception for sex trafficking, making it easier to target websites with legal action for enabling such crimes” and “provides new legal recourse for victims and law enforcement alike.”

“Thank you very much for being with us today as we sign this crucial legislation to combat online sex trafficking and bring criminals to justice,” said Trump during the ceremony. “And the people behind me have been working on this long and hard. That’s political, as well as some of our great citizens. And we appreciate it.

“Most importantly, I want to thank the survivors and families who join us today. I’m signing this bill in your honor. And we are all together, politicians, both Republican and Democrat, signing this and representing this to you in your honor. So thank you all very much. We very much appreciate it. You’re very brave.”

Trump praised the courage of survivors and emphasized their role in getting the bill passed. “You’ve endured what no person on Earth should ever have to endure, and we are going to do everything in our power to make sure that traffickers are brought to a swift and firm justice,” he said. “And I’ve heard statistics where trafficking in the world is more now than it ever has been ever in the history of the world. And you wouldn’t believe that with, you know, modern-day everything. But they use modern-day better than law enforcement can use modern-day, whether it’s the Internet or anything else.”

Dawn Hawkins, Senior VP & Executive Director, National Center on Sexual Exploitation, said in a statement: “Today, we see the fruits of coalitions as the President signed the FOSTA-SESTA bill into law. This legislation effectively ends immunity for websites that knowingly facilitate sextrafficking and prostitution. It took countless hours and strategy meetings from NCOSE, and other leaders, to get this tremendous victory!”

In shocking news, Women’s March leaders have spoken out AGAINST the bill, saying it hurts women, more HERE

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