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Paulsen Praises Senate Passage of Key Bipartisan Anti-Trafficking Bill

Washington, D.C.– Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today praised Senate passage of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), bipartisan legislation that holds accountable websites that knowingly facilitate human sex trafficking. Similar companion legislation, co-sponsored by Congressman Paulsen, was approved by the House with overwhelming bipartisan support in February. The bill now awaits the President’s signature to become law.

“Human sex trafficking isn’t just an overseas problem,”said Congressman Paulsen. “Just yesterday six Minnesota men were charged in an online underage sex trafficking sting. Each of the men contacted what they believed to be an underage trafficking victim through BackPage.com. Fortunately, when they arrived at the meeting place they found law enforcement awaiting them instead.”

“For too long, traffickers have used these websites to facilitate their exploitation of trafficking victims,” Paulsen continued.“Websites like BackPage.com that knowingly sell teen girls for sex need to be held accountable and liable for their actions. Trafficking victims deserve the chance to seek justice.”

“I’m pleased to see the Senate join the House in giving this legislation strong bipartisan support, and I’m hopeful the President will sign it into law promptly,” Paulsen said.

Congressman Paulsen has long been a leader in the effort to combat human trafficking. He is the author of several laws that seek to prevent trafficking and aid victims, including the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act, the Recovering Missing Children Act and the Child Sex Trafficking Data and Response Act. Congressman Paulsen is also a co-author of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, bipartisan legislation he introduced with Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) that would improve services for trafficking victims and strengthens reporting requirements for federal agencies involved in trafficking investigations.

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