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Congressman Scott Tipton

Representing the 3rd District of Colorado

Tipton Votes to Increase Penalties for Websites that Participate in Online Sex Trafficking

February 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted to pass legislation to increase the penalties for websites that promote and facilitate sex trafficking online, delivering justice to the victims of these crimes. The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (H.R. 1865) passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 388-25.

“Sex trafficking is a heinous crime that has had a devastating impact on the lives of too many men, women and children in Colorado and across the nation,” said Tipton. “If we are ever to completely stop this modern day slave trade and provide justice for those who have been abused, we must first close the existing loopholes that are allowing individuals who assist and perpetrate these illegal crimes online to go unpunished. That’s why I was proud to support this legislation, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take appropriate action as well.”

In the past, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 has been misinterpreted to protect the operators of websites that participate in sex trafficking from being punished criminally. H.R. 1865 would amend and clarify Section 230, allowing state authorities to investigate and prosecute websites that facilitate sex trafficking using state and criminal statutes that prohibit sex trafficking or sexual exploitation of children.

In 2016 alone, there were over 1,000 cases of human trafficking in Colorado.

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