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Congress' Just-Passed Child Sex Trafficking Bill Has Already Had An Impact

Congress' Just-Passed Child Sex Trafficking Bill Has Already Had An Impact

In one of the most divided and partisan Congresses in recent memory, a near-unanimous vote on legislation showed Republicans and Democrats can agree on at least one thing: trying to stop child sex trafficking.

The principal goal of the Allows States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act was to amend a law that absolves online companies of liability when users post illicit content. For years, websites like backpage.com or Craigslist have had trouble regulating advertisements that can be used to traffic people for sex, but because of the law protecting them, those victims had no course of action to sue a website. 

And the bill has already had an impact.