ACAHT Quarterly Project
IATL Fall 2017 Trafficking Coalition Quarterly Project
This fall, we are focusing on two projects that Fellows, spouses, and family members are in a perfect position to support immediately.
Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017
As we know, sex trafficking doesn’t just happen in back alleys. Most of the initial dealings now begin online via websites like Backpage.com, which profit by providing a marketplace for the sale of victims. Although these websites have been charged with knowingly facilitating trafficking, they have been able to avoid liability due to provisions in the federal Communications Decency Act (CDA), which says that websites cannot “be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
A bipartisan group of 27 Senators are co-sponsoring a bill entitled, Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017, which will allow these websites to be held accountable to trafficking victims and their families. The bill is meant to clarify that the CDA “was never intended to provide legal protection to websites that facilitate traffickers in advertising the sale of unlawful sex acts with sex trafficking victims.” There have been objections from the tech industry about this bill, yet a simple reading of the bill indicates that it is narrowly-crafted for its purpose. TAKE ACTION: We encourage you to contact your representatives to support this bill.
Trafficking Hotline Campaign
Many of you heard Brad Myles, CEO of Polaris, speak about human trafficking at our 2015 Annual Meeting in Santa Barbara. Polaris operates the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888), an anti-trafficking hotline which receives reports of trafficking and provides support to victims and survivors. Polaris is seeking to have each Governor place the hotline on every state website. Five years ago, after a State Attorney General initiative, call volume increased by up to 200% in states where the hotline was widely publicized.
CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION by contacting your Governor to ask that the National Human Trafficking Hotline be placed on every state website. Or, better yet, if you happen to know your Governor personally, as many of our Fellows and spouses do, give him or her a call! Your act may directly help liberate victims of human trafficking.
Thank you for your efforts to help trafficking victims!