CINCINNATI, OH – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today unveiled a new video highlighting the bipartisan measure – the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) – that he recently introduced with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).  The bill is designed to hold accountable companies like Backpage for knowingly facilitating the trafficking of women and children online while preserving internet freedom and protecting good actors that pro-actively screen for offensive material. It is supported by more than two dozen bipartisan senators and is widely-supported by anti-human trafficking advocates and law enforcement. Portman released the following statement on the effort:

“Standing on the sidelines and doing nothing while women and children continue to be sold online in America is not an option. This bipartisan, narrowly-crafted bill preserves internet freedom while holding accountable companies that facilitate online sex trafficking, and that’s why there is growing support for this effort. Congress has a responsibility to act, and this bill will ensure that victims of online exploitation can get the justice they deserve.” 

 

###