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house Bill H.R. 1865

Making it a Federal Crime for Websites to Promote Prostitution and Sex Trafficking

Argument in favor

Congress needs to clarify that the Communications Decency Act doesn’t protect websites that promote the sex trafficking of children. This bill gives law enforcement, prosecutors, and victims the tools they need to bring sex traffickers and their enablers to justice.

Grant's Opinion
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02/26/2018
How is this not already a thing? As long as the wording is comprehensive and doesn’t allow for censorship of anything but the topic. This should have been passed long before.
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Susan's Opinion
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02/26/2018
I’m all for freedom of speech, but not for something illegal like spreading child prostitution or abuse of something like this.
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gutsy-spirit's Opinion
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02/26/2018
FOSTA-SESTA gets my vote. Although I understand the fear of “stifling small business” and mal-intentioned trolls, the legislation states that in order for the facilitator to be guilty, the facilitator needs to know about the advertisements for trafficking children OR have a reckless way of running the platform to where human trafficking is facilitated on their website. (Backpage.com is a modern-day slave auction where humans are being bought for as little as $90 and the facilitators of this site are aware and make millions of dollars from these ads.) Healthy start ups would simply have to be prepared to own the responsibility of keeping their websites clean of such degrading and inhumane ads. Real survivors of these auctions have tried to sue backpage.com and they were unsuccessful with the CDA granting the facilitator immunity. As Lincoln said, “If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.” Please vote YES and hold these virtual slave auctions accountable for their inexcusable neglect to intervene and protect victims of human sex trafficking. For more information watch I Am Jane Doe on Netflix.
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Argument opposed

This bill as written is too vague and could apply to numerous web services that host user-submitted content, exposing them to criminal and civil liability for actions taken by users on their platform.

Clockwerk's Opinion
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02/25/2018
This bill, the way it is written, will only hurt smaller companies and stifle inovation as they will not have the money to protect themselves from a malicious user being able to shut down an entire site, since this would make the web site responsible for posted content. This is not a tenable solution.
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Abbi's Opinion
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02/26/2018
David Brock if I recall, shut down plenty of pro Bernie web sites in 2016. This bill could end in jail time for victims of such an attack. Fix the wording to go after the posters first then determine whether or not the page meant to distribute this filth. And S we do care about the victims but the wording is too vague, the one who posted the material needs to be the one charged they have the material which means they probably have more and should be investigated. Either they are a troll or a cog in the machine going after them may fight trafficking more effectively then attacking possible victims of porn hacking.
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Randy's Opinion
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02/28/2018
I am as opposed to sex trafficking as anyone, but I don't believe the threat is as dire as some do. Prostitution, by itself, is a victimless crime. Sex trafficking, sex slavery, pimping, abuse, and related problems should be addressed, but I see no reason to oppose prostitution, per se. Many women earn a living escorting and probably the safest way for them to promote themselves is on websites. Online escorting is safer than streetwalking because it allows the providers to screen clients and avoid many attacks of opportunity. I haven't read this legislation carefully, but I am concerned it will be used to stifle prostitution, in general. That is why I am against it.
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  • EnactedApril 11th, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed March 21st, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 97 Yea / 2 Nay
  • The house Passed February 27th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 388 Yea / 25 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Communications and Technology
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedApril 3rd, 2017

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    How is this not already a thing? As long as the wording is comprehensive and doesn’t allow for censorship of anything but the topic. This should have been passed long before.
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    This bill, the way it is written, will only hurt smaller companies and stifle inovation as they will not have the money to protect themselves from a malicious user being able to shut down an entire site, since this would make the web site responsible for posted content. This is not a tenable solution.
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    I’m all for freedom of speech, but not for something illegal like spreading child prostitution or abuse of something like this.
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    FOSTA-SESTA gets my vote. Although I understand the fear of “stifling small business” and mal-intentioned trolls, the legislation states that in order for the facilitator to be guilty, the facilitator needs to know about the advertisements for trafficking children OR have a reckless way of running the platform to where human trafficking is facilitated on their website. (Backpage.com is a modern-day slave auction where humans are being bought for as little as $90 and the facilitators of this site are aware and make millions of dollars from these ads.) Healthy start ups would simply have to be prepared to own the responsibility of keeping their websites clean of such degrading and inhumane ads. Real survivors of these auctions have tried to sue backpage.com and they were unsuccessful with the CDA granting the facilitator immunity. As Lincoln said, “If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.” Please vote YES and hold these virtual slave auctions accountable for their inexcusable neglect to intervene and protect victims of human sex trafficking. For more information watch I Am Jane Doe on Netflix.
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    David Brock if I recall, shut down plenty of pro Bernie web sites in 2016. This bill could end in jail time for victims of such an attack. Fix the wording to go after the posters first then determine whether or not the page meant to distribute this filth. And S we do care about the victims but the wording is too vague, the one who posted the material needs to be the one charged they have the material which means they probably have more and should be investigated. Either they are a troll or a cog in the machine going after them may fight trafficking more effectively then attacking possible victims of porn hacking.
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    I am as opposed to sex trafficking as anyone, but I don't believe the threat is as dire as some do. Prostitution, by itself, is a victimless crime. Sex trafficking, sex slavery, pimping, abuse, and related problems should be addressed, but I see no reason to oppose prostitution, per se. Many women earn a living escorting and probably the safest way for them to promote themselves is on websites. Online escorting is safer than streetwalking because it allows the providers to screen clients and avoid many attacks of opportunity. I haven't read this legislation carefully, but I am concerned it will be used to stifle prostitution, in general. That is why I am against it.
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    Holding companies that sell hosting accountable for what others post is ridiculous. While I feel they should self monitor and are not doing that today, it still doesn’t merit government intervention.
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    This law is too broadly written.
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    Trafficking is one of the greatest issues that’s almost never discussed in the public forum.
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    No because prostitution is a victimless crime. Now, if you want a separate bill focused solely on sex trafficking, we can discuss that separately.
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    This law is far too vague and targets websites instead of the people that content is coming from. Personally I think prostitution should be legal and regulated accordingly, that would make things much safer. But obviously take down people who are partaking in sex trafficking and child pornography. We need laws to protect our women and children, but this is so incredibly vague and could cause more issues than it would really solve.
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    Sex work is work! Protect the workers and protect their labor
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    The language of this bill is poorly written and would allow “concerned citizen” activists to file suit against any website with questionable user content, effectively shutting down any small sites that may wish to allow legitimate content. This will have a chilling effect on innovation that has made the internet what it is. Think of a better way to do this necessary task.
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    This is common sense. Protect women!
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    There are already laws in place for law enforcement. I appreciate what the two congresswomen are trying to accomplish, but this is not the way .
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    Yes any way we can protect the most vulnerable people in our country should be supported.These people need a voice and our protection.
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    This will only hurt sex workers, not help.
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    TX senators and Reps PLEASE get on board! This is a bi-partisan, basic concern for human rights. We must do what we can to stop trafficking at every juncture.
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    Sex trafficking is disgusting and wrong and even more so when it involves innocent, young, children. If this Bill can stop sex traffickers from further exploiting young children, I vote YES on this Bill.
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    This is opening a very dangerous can of worms. Not every site has the money and resources to constantly moderate all the content being put on their site. They obviously should take it down when they find it but they shouldn't be charged for other people's actions
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