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SESTA an Important Step toward Eliminating Online Sex Trafficking

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SESTA an Important Step toward Eliminating Online Sex Trafficking

April 11, 2018, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is encouraged by the passage and signing into law of FOSTA-SESTA, an anti- trafficking package that will make it possible to prosecute websites that knowingly facilitate 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 must be punished.

“We are heartened that Congress and the president have taken these important steps to combat sex trafficking. Our advocates in the field have long been working to recognize, prevent, and eliminate all forms of human trafficking. While FOSTA-SESTA does not complete our work, it propels our activists and our partners nationwide to continue the complex federal, state, and local responses necessary to tackle the root causes of trafficking and the conditions that allow it to take place.

“The seizure last week of Backpage.com and its affiliates by the Justice Department is the first positive action as a direct result of the FOSTA-SESTA passage in Congress. Hopefully it will be the first of many actions to protect the women and children who are caught in these horrific crimes.”

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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