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Paulsen-Supported Initiative to Bring Down Websites Facilitating Human Trafficking Passes House

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) issued the following statement regarding the House’s passage of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, or FOSTA:

“Online trafficking is booming because there are no serious, legal consequences for the websites that profit from the exploitation of innocent and vulnerable individuals,” said Congressman Paulsen. “Websites like Backpage.com are evading responsibility for their role in the trafficking industry while they profit from advertising sex from teenage girls. This important bipartisan legislation will give federal, state, and local prosecutors the tools they need to hold websites accountable for supporting this horrendous industry and help put an end to the online sale of trafficking victims.”

Congressman Paulsen, who is a cosponsor on the legislation, spoke on the House floor on the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act:

The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act ensures that survivors can bring claims against websites that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking and allows states to use their sex trafficking laws to hold these websites accountable. Additionally, it allows state attorneys general to bring civil actions on behalf of trafficking victims.

Congressman Paulsen is a longtime advocate for combating sex trafficking. He has authored multiple laws to help victims of trafficking including:

  • The Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act;
  • The Recovering Missing Children Act;
  • The Child Sex Trafficking Data and Response Act.

Congressman Paulsen, a champion of small business and advocate of free enterprise, entrepreneurship, and innovation, serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, chairs the bicameral Joint Economic Committee, and is co-chair of the Congressional Medical Technology Caucus.

For more information on Congressman Paulsen’s work in Congress visit paulsen.house.gov

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