WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) issued the following statement after attending a meeting at the White House on human trafficking with Ivanka Trump, a bipartisan group of members of Congress, anti-trafficking advocates and representatives of the tech community:

“I want to thank Ivanka for convening this meeting today and her leadership on this issue.  The fact that women and children are being sold online for sex is a stain on our national character.  For too long, victims of online sex trafficking have been denied the justice they deserve, and Congress has an opportunity to fix that.  I was pleased to see the House pass the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act as part of its larger anti-trafficking legislation, and I’m hopeful the Senate will act in the coming days.  This bipartisan effort will help stop online sex trafficking, ensure justice for trafficking survivors, and hold accountable websites like Backpage.com that knowingly facilitate these crimes. The Senate should pass this bipartisan bill and send it to the president’s desk immediately.”

NOTE: The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act is supported by 68 cosponsors in the Senate, as well as trafficking survivors, anti-human trafficking advocates and law enforcement50 Attorneys General, the civil rights communityfaith-based groups, the larger tech community, and courts and judges who have made clear that it is Congress’ responsibility to act to protect sex trafficking victims.

 

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