Support the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017




Thanks to the attention brought to the issue by the documentary I am Jane Doe, many are already familiar with the horrors of online sexual exploitation, and the perverse legal strategy employed by Backpage and similar websites to stymie the application of justice to human trafficking victims. Several Senators feature prominently in the documentary, and that group, led by Senators Rob Portman of Ohio and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut have put together a bipartisan coalition to close this loophole and clarify the law. The Senators have very deliberately kept the changes to the law modest so as to allow the internet to remain a place of free expression. You can view the bill here. Read on to learn how you can help.

What does the stop enabling sex traffickers act do?

  • Allows victims of sex trafficking to seek justice against websites that knowingly facilitated the crimes against them.

  • Eliminates special federal liability loopholes for websites that assist in the violation of federal sex trafficking laws.
  • Enables state law enforcement officials to take action against individuals or businesses that violate federal sex trafficking laws.

How to help

Step 1:  Create one sample letter for each senator. Add your name and address to each, where prompted.

Step 2: Find your senators, and add their names to your sample letters.

Step 3: Email your senators the letter.

You can also call your senator with the following script:

My name is _______ and I am a constituent in [state]. I am calling to ask you to support the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017.  This law will allow websites to be held accountable when they knowingly facilitate sex trafficking.   As your constituent I feel very strongly about this law and strongly encourage you to support it.

Step 4: Learn more by watching the film, I am Jane Doe.