House Takes Action to Crack Down on Internet Sex Trafficking
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Ed Royce (CA-39) released the following statement after the House passed legislation he cosponsored, H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act which strengthens criminal penalties for websites that facilitate sex trafficking:
“In order to stay one step ahead of sex traffickers, local, state, and federal law enforcement need to have the tools and resources necessary to stop this form of modern day slavery before it happens. This includes the legal authority to crack down on websites that host sex trafficking content, as well as holding online collaborators accountable for criminal activity. Additionally, H.R. 1865 empowers victims to seek justice against online websites that knowingly promote sex trafficking. These bipartisan measures will ensure that fewer victims are trafficked online while sending a clear message to sex traffickers that their days are numbered.”
(Courtesy of the Speakers Office)
This past October, Rep. Royce partnered with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force to teach local hotel industry leaders how to spot signs of human trafficking and prostitution. Additionally, in 2013, Rep. Royce launched the Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee (HTCAC) to address human trafficking concerns, as well as offer policy recommendations. The HTCAC is comprised of victims’ rights groups, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and community advocates, and is actively working to combat human trafficking in Southern California.