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NCJW Supports Legislation to Strengthen Anti-Trafficking Enforcement

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NCJW Supports Legislation to Strengthen Anti-Trafficking Enforcement

November 9, 2017, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today announced its support for the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), a bill recently passed by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee that would require online platforms to seek out and bar activities that promote sex trafficking. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“The spread of sex trafficking and child pornography through online platforms, including mainstream platforms, has been a significant factor in victimizing minors and others held by force or threat of force in horrendous situations. Facilitating sex trafficking online or otherwise is criminal activity and should be punished. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) supports the goals of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), which seeks to see such punishments meted out in accordance with the law.

“We realize that rooting out such material is not an easy task for online platforms, but believe that they must be held accountable when they knowingly enable such crime to occur. We are cognizant of the first amendment issues inherent in devising a legal scheme that passes constitutional muster and pledge to remain vigilant in seeking solutions within the SESTA framework that respect those concerns while working to use every available tool to end sex trafficking of women and children.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

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