the websites and police, requiring more and better notification, she said. Hopefully, there wont be many more people who have to endure that pain. So in April 2017, Wagner introduced fosta in the House, and Sen. Shutting down every service provider and website will not end sex trafficking, said Jean Bruggeman, executive director of Freedom Network USA, a coalition of anti-trafficking advocates. Internal emails demonstrated that Backpage officials edited ads, or advised customers how to edit their own ads, so that terms indicating that a person was a teen or young or fresh would be removed, yet the ad itself would remain online and the victim still.
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The report issued by the Senate committee in January 2017 boiled with anger, declaring that Backpage knows that it facilitates prostitution and child sex trafficking and that Backpages public defense is a fiction. New documents show otherwise. And fosta creates the ability for state attorneys general to bring civil suits against violators of federal prostitution laws. Civil liberties advocates attacked the bill as too broad, creating new liability for websites that had previously been protected by the. It adds a clause to the decency act that makes clear it has no effect on civil suits or state criminal cases related to federal sex -trafficking crimes. Sex, trafficking Act, goes into effect immediately, but its impact was already being seen around the Internet as sites shut down sex -related areas and stopped accepting sex -related advertising. Fosta amends the Mann Act, prohibiting interstate prostitution, by adding a new section prohibiting using a website to promote or facilitate the prostitution of another person.