U.S. HOUSE PASSES BILL TO PENALIZE WEBSITES FOR SEX TRAFFICKING
March 6, 2018 | By Dustin Volz
Give thanks to the Lord for positive responses from legislature toward penalizing websites that promote sex trafficking.
He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor. (Ps 72:4)
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to make it easier to penalize operators of websites that facilitate online sex trafficking, chipping away at a bedrock legal shield for the technology industry.
The bill’s passage marks one of the most concrete actions in recent years from the U.S. Congress to tighten regulation of internet firms, which have drawn heavy scrutiny from lawmakers in both parties over the past year due to an array of concerns regarding the size and influence of their platforms.
The House passed the measure 388-25. It still needs to pass the U.S. Senate, where similar legislation has already gained substantial support, and then be signed by President Donald Trump before it can become law.
Speaker Paul Ryan, in a statement before the vote, said the bill would help “put an end to modern-day slavery here in the United States.”
The White House issued a statement generally supportive of the bill, but said the administration “remains concerned” about certain provisions that it hopes can be resolved in the final legislation…. (Excerpts from Dustin Volz article on Reuters News Service – Editing by Sandra Maler and Lisa Shumaker)