National Association of Attorneys General
Attorneys General Urge U.S. Senate Committee to Pass Bill That Fights Online Child Sex Trafficking
Washington, D.C.---The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter today to the chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, urging them to pass a bill that would help prevent children from being sold for sex via the Internet. Organized crime groups as well as street gangs are involved with human trafficking, and many of these perpetrators use the Internet to sell their victims.
The Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act (SAVE Act), S. 2536, would require websites that facilitate human trafficking to verify the identity of the individuals posting advertisements online, as well as identify the age of those who appear in the advertisements. In just one week in June 2014, law enforcement arrested 281 alleged sex traffickers and took 168 children out of prostitution in a nationwide FBI crackdown where many child victims were offered for sale on “escort” and other “adult services” websites. S. 2536 is currently pending before the Judiciary Committee.
“Every day, children in the United States are sold for sex. The use of ‘adult services sections’ on websites such as Backpage.com has created virtual brothels where children are bought and sold using euphemistic labels such as ‘escorts,’” reads the letter signed by 53 state and territorial attorneys general.
Human trafficking generates roughly $150 billion each year worldwide and there are numerous cases of children being used in prostitution as young as age 12.
The NAAG letter can be found here: http://www.naag.org/sign-on_archive.php
The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), www.naag.org, was founded in 1907 to help attorneys general fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions.