On March 6, 2018, Congresswoman Ann Wagner, joined by Congresswomen Joyce Beatty, Mimi Walters, and Carolyn Maloney, thanked ECPAT-USA and other leading advocacy organizations for their input and expertise as the House considered H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. The Congresswoman also directed the letter to the more than 100 organizations that sent the February 26 support letter to Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi. The House authors of the bill pledged their efforts to ensure this legislation passes the Senate, moves on to the President's desk, and finally ends impunity for businesses that sell human beings online:
"H.R. 1865 will give survivors access to the civil remedies that they deserve, produce more prosecutions of bad actor websites, more convictions, and more predators behind bars. Because of this legislation, fewer businesses will enter the sex trade, and fewer victims will ever be sold."
The House vote represents an important step in the fight to end trafficking online. Now, this legislation awaits a vote in the Senate, and we encourage supporters to help take this effort over the finish line. Justice for victims of online trafficking depends on it.
View the letter below or download a PDF here.