Portman & Blumenthal Announce 60 Bipartisan Supporters of Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) announced that 60 bipartisan senators now support the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA; S. 1693). Three more cosponsors, including Senators Mike Rounds (R-SD), Richard Shelby (R-AL), and Pat Roberts (R-KS), were added today. Portman and Blumenthal issued the following statement:
“Today is another important milestone in our fight to hold online sex traffickers accountable and help give trafficking survivors the justice they deserve. There continues to be strong bipartisan support and momentum for this bill, and behind our efforts to help ensure that sex traffickers are brought to justice. In recognition of the president’s declaration of January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we would urge the full Senate to take up and pass SESTA as quickly as possible.”
NOTE: The bipartisan Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act would clarify Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to ensure that websites that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking can be held liable so that victims can get justice. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved the bill unanimously on November 8. Since its introduction, SESTA has earned widespread support from victims and advocates, law enforcement, the civil rights community, faith-based groups, and the tech community. Portman and Blumenthal have echoed the concerns of victims advocacy groups who have said that the House Judiciary bill on this topic is harmful to efforts to protect trafficking survivors.