Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) speaks to reporters in the spin room following the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis on October 9, 2016.

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Missouri Sponsored Sex Trafficking Bill Goes to the President

March 22, 2018 - 8:51 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A major tool in the fight against on-line sex trafficking, championed by two Missouri lawmakers, is headed for President Trump's desk.

 

The legislation that's now passed through both the US House and Senate would make it a federal crime to knowingly facilitate sex trafficking through websites

The measure was originally sponsored by Missouri Republican Congresswoman Ann Wagner.  It was moved along by Missouri Democrat, US Senator Claire McCaskill.  McCaskill led a push to investigate the online ad site Backpage.com, a site McCaskill says has profited from an outdated law that protected it from advertiser's messages.

 “They were being protected from their bad acts by an outdated law that was being twisted and distorted to allow them to make billions of dollars of profit, and frankly, millions upon millions upon millions in profit off trafficking young women for sex,” she says.

 

The measure also would give state attorneys general the authority to file civil lawsuits on behalf of victims.  
“Now all the prosecutors in the country can go after anyone who knowingly facilitates sex trafficking online,” she says.

The president is expected to sign the measure.