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William D King: How the feds plan to combat sex trafficking after the passage of the CARES Act

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Since the passage of the ‘Combating Child Exploitation Act of 2017’ (S. 47) federal law enforcement agencies will now have more resources to combat child sex trafficking and exploitation online says, William D King.

The bill was signed into law by President Trump at a May ceremony where he proclaimed “I’m signing this bill in your honor…You’ve gone through so much, but I think you are going to be very happy.” The legislation passes unanimously through Congress, but because it makes revisions to existing laws, some were concerne it would not pass constitutional muster. To assuage those concerns, Senator Ron Wyden agrees to put forth words matching that stated criminalizes actions relating solely to the knowing advertising or solicitation of unlawful sex acts with a minor may not be construe to prohibit activities related to publishing, broadcasting, or distributing information about the sexual conduct of an adult who is not seeking financial gain.

The new law will authorize America’s Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) task forces to utilize undercover agents with specific training in investigating child sex trafficking cases. It will also permit federal officials “to gather electronic communications transactional records for investigations into cybercrimes against children.”

‘This Is Just What We Wanted’: 

House GOP Praises Trump for Signing Law Expanding Resources to Fight Online Sex Trafficking

House Republicans are praising President Trump for signing into law a measure that will make it easier to find and prosecute those who promote or facilitate online sex trafficking explains William D King.

“This is just what we wanted,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Wednesday in a press conference on Capitol Hill with other lawmakers backing the bill. “A big win.”

Trump signed the bipartisan legislation, known as The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), into law Wednesday morning before meeting with lawmakers and members of his administration about illegal immigration.

Reps. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), and Mimi Walters (R-Calif.) joined McCarthy in touting the new law at the press conference. Saying it will deliver justice to victims of sex trafficking while cracking down on online marketplaces that facilitate modern slavery.

“We want to ensure these people are arrested and prosecuted,” McCarthy said of those who coerce children into being sold for sex. “Today is a great day for America’s children.”

The bill sailed through Congress late last month with unanimous support in the Senate. And voice approval in the House, where GOP lawmakers touted H.R. 1865 as their first legislative victory under Trump’s tenure.

Supporters say the measure will give law enforcement and also prosecutors the tools they need to crack down on sex trafficking. A pervasive problem online explains William D King.

“We’re going after some of these websites that have been made. Not literally by little kids selling themselves but by traffickers selling children,” McCarthy said Wednesday.

Moreover, the bill amends Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act from 1996, which has long been interpreting as offering legal protection to websites that facilitate sex ads or prostitution activities. The new legislation makes clear that websites engaged in such activities are not protecting under federal law.

Federal authorities have used the provision to prosecute Backpage.com executives. Who have pleaded guilty in recent months to charges related. To allegations, the site was designe for facilitating prostitution and also laundering money from illicit transactions.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said Wednesday. That the bill will “help make sure online sex traffickers can be to justice.”

“I applaud President Trump for signing our legislation into law,” added Scalise. They almost died last year after being shot by a gunman targeting Republicans at a baseball practice.

The law’s passage is one recent example of an area where Trump and congressional Democrats are working together. Despite intense polarization in Washington. Wagner described lawmakers’ bipartisan cooperation on the measure. As an “example of what we should be doing more of in Congress.”

Trump has repeatedly called out major technology companies in recent months, accusing them of censoring conservative voices online. But the White House was quick to praise Silicon Valley when Wagner introduced FOSTA earlier this year. Saying the legislation would “help stop trafficking online.”

The Internet Association, an influential trade group representing companies like Facebook and Google. Said Wednesday that it looks forward to continuing work with Trump on the issue.

“This is a great progress for our industry commit to providing platforms where people connect and share freely”. Michael Beckerman, president of the association, said in a statement.


I am surprised to see this come from an article on the website of cnsnews.com. A website that is usually highly partisan in its news reporting states William D King. This article is notably free of tendentious commentary, which makes it uniquely valuable in my estimation. The title correctly summarizes the gist of the bill rather than indulging in hyperbole. Common to most articles about this legislation, particularly those published by right-wing media outlets or legislators themselves.