Take Action and We Will Achieve Our Goals Together
Goal #1 Achieved: Passage of Federal legislation - The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) - that as the FOSTA-SESTA package - became law on April 11, 2018. This law amended Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to allow civil and criminal sex trafficking-related claims against internet companies that help sex traffickers.
Goal #2 Achieved: Passage of Federal legislation to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), which establishes human trafficking and related offenses as federal crimes, creates a mandate for restitution to be paid to the victims, requires the screening of all unaccompanied minors for sex trafficking, and creates program to deter US consumers from buying products facilitating human trafficking.
Goal #3 In Process: Support the EARN IT Act of 2020 (Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act) that creates new incentives for the tech industry to take online child sexual exploitation seriously. The Act amends Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to require companies to "earn" their liability protection for violations of laws related to the trafficking of child sexual abuse material. The Senate Judiciary Committee reported the bill out favorably in July 2020, and the bill was introduced in the House in Sept. 2020.
Goal #4: In Process: On Dec. 21, 2020, a law in the European Union called the e-Privacy Directive will stop the use of technology that helps identify child sexual exploitation online. The same critical technology that US law enforcement relies on to receive reports to anti-trafficking tiplines. The EU is currently debating an “interim regulation” that will create an exception that allows tech companies to continue using these tools until 2025 when a more permanent solution can be reached. The final vote is scheduled for December 7, 2020 and it is essential that this exception is implemented.
Teens vs. Trafficking is urging the public to act now by adding their name to a petition we created at change.org/childsafetyfirst. You can help. Please sign the petition and share this message with your colleagues, friends and family so they can take action too.
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Use our Congressman Information Provider and sample letters to write to your local Congressman and make a difference! Every letter sent demonstrates the importance of amending the current regulations regarding trafficking. With just a few clicks of a button, you can raise the important issue of sex trafficking as a topic of conversation for a change in policy.