President Trump has signed a bill that makes facilitating prostitution on their sites liable for sex crimes and makes it easier for those who are exploited to sue those sites providing they can prove they knew there was prostitution occurring like Backpage. This will be used by state and local prosecutors to go after tech companies that knowingly allows ads for prostitution. Media giant tech firms like Facebook opposed the new law until it was rewritten so that the site had to be aware of the prostitution to be held liable for it’s contents. They then withdrew their objections.
“This is a momentous day in the fight to help stop online sex trafficking, and a big victory for trafficking victims and survivors who for too long have been denied the opportunity to get the justice they deserve,” said Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman, a co-sponsor of the Senate version of the bill.
On Monday, an indictment against Backpage.com, the internet’s second-largest classified ads website, which is used for sex trafficking, was unsealed.
Trump, who had been expected to sign the bill, did not respond to reporters’ questions when he signed it.
Police have been lobbying for a bill like this for years and the bill was promoted by Ivanka The president’s daughter. The signing of the bill comes just days after the feds took over backpage, a site that existed only for the advertising of sex for pay.