In Dayton, Portman Discusses New Bipartisan Bill to Help Stop Online Sex Trafficking, Visits the Oasis House
Bipartisan Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act Holds Accountable Websites that Traffic Women and Children Online
DAYTON, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited the Oasis House to meet with survivors of human trafficking to hear their stories and discuss his ongoing fight to help end the practice of human trafficking. Recently, Senators Portman and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced bipartisan legislation — the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act — to ensure justice for victims of sex trafficking and ensure that websites such as Backpage.com, which knowingly facilitate sex trafficking, can be held liable and brought to justice.
“When I visit with victims of human trafficking in Ohio, one website always comes up: Backpage.com,” said Senator Portman. “I spent two years investigating that company and found out that they were knowingly and actively facilitating the selling of women and children for sex, some of whom I met today at the Oasis House. The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act was written to help hold companies like Backpage accountable and get victims of trafficking the justice they deserve. I am thankful to those at the Oasis House for sharing their stories with me today. I will continue to work for them in the fight against sex trafficking.”
NOTE: Just this week, in an effort to raise awareness on human trafficking and his bill to stop it, Portman has convened a screening of the documentary I Am Jane Doe in Columbus, met with members and leaders of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Cleveland, and written op-eds in the Toledo Blade and TIME Magazine detailing his bipartisan legislation. He has also recently highlighted the legislation on national TV, on Ohio TV and radio, on the Senate floor, and in this video.
As founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, Senator Portman has a long record of fighting human trafficking. He has authored five federal anti-trafficking laws signed by President Obama, each designed to make a real difference in better serving victims and helping law enforcement to combat this horrific crime.
Following are photos of today’s event: