Bill to fight online sex trafficking cosponsored by Knight signed into law

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Founded in 1938, the National Federation of Republican Women is the largest and most influential Republican women's group in the nation, proudly representing the party that first made it possible for women to vote in the U.S. The NFRW works to increase the effectiveness and relevance of women in the cause of good government. M.A. was invited to the White House to witness the signing of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. The bill is written to ensure justice for victims of sex trafficking and ensure that websites like Backpage.com, which knowingly facilitate sex trafficking, can be held liable and brought to justice. Seven of its executives were arrested a few days before the signing of the bill on a 93-count indictment that alleges the website facilitated prostitution and laundered tens of millions of dollars in profits. The site offered classified listings for a wide variety of products and services including prostitution and sex trafficking.

The new law will build on that, according to the congresswoman. She was the first to sue Backpage.com, a classified ads website that has always been criticized as failing to crack down on sex trafficking on its platform.

Trump signed the bill in Washington surrounded by victims of such sites and their family members.

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"People can order up little girls to a hotel room as easy as they could takeout", she said. But the president ignored shouted questions about those topics after the signing ceremony.

The bill signing comes amid a flurry of other unrelated news, news that reporters will nearly certainly ask Mr. Trump about on Wednesday.

Most prosecution for sex trafficking offenders happen at the state and local levels, and moving forward, Wagner is working to get a version of FOSTA framework passed in all 50 state legislatures. "And to do hard things, it takes a lot of grit and gumption a little grace from God", she said.

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