On Wednesday November 8, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a markup session on S.1693, the "Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017" (SESTA). This bill, with broad bipartisan support in the Senate, as well as support from the Internet Association seeks to amend section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
The law currently allows companies to use the Internet for the buying and selling of sex trafficked persons. Despite repeated efforts to bring entities that facilitate and profit from online sex trafficking to justice, U.S. courts have deemed that Section 230 of the CDA shields them from criminal and civil liability. Please take action before Wednesday's session. Let Senators on the Commerce Committee know that it's time to stop allowing the Internet to be a safe haven for sex traffickers.
Call, email, or tweet at Senate Commerce Committee. Feel free to cut & paste sample email below.
I write requesting your support in the fight against sex trafficking. It is imperative that Congress take action to amend section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) by passing S.1693 Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act.
The CDA in its current form has enabled the mainstream Internet to be a safe haven for sex traffickers.
This must stop. It must stop now.
Congress cannot continue to allow companies to get away with facilitating the buying and selling of human beings just because it takes place on the Internet. The immunity granted to these websites by the status quo of the law makes a mockery of the American ideals of freedom and justice. The sex trafficking of boys, girls, women, and men for serial rape for profit is antithetical to everything we as a nation hold dear.
There simply is no business interest that supersedes the necessity of stopping online sex trafficking—a phenomenon better characterized as digital slave auctioning.
Please take action to support SESTA at the markup to help provide survivors a pathway to justice.
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