Mark DeSaulnier was one of just 25 congressmen who voted NO on HR 1865, the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017.” 388 voted YES.
Here’s the summary of the bill:
“To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of such Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sexual exploitation of children or sex trafficking, and for other purposes.”
Why would Mr. DeSaulnier vote against a bill to protect victims of human – and child – sex trafficking? I cannot find any explanation written or stated by him to explain his vote.
As your congressman, I will do everything I can to educate my constituents of this horrible crime against young adults and children along with introducing legislation to stop it. It will take your help too, so please vote for me in the June 5, 2018 Primary Election so we can take our first steps protecting our most vulnerable, our children!
Human trafficking is defined as the commercial sexual exploitation of American children and women, via the internet, strip clubs, escort services, or street prostitution.
- Fact: An estimated 100,000 children – girls and boys – are bought and sold for sex in the US each year, with 300,000 more in danger of being trafficked (Source: Herald Tribune).
- Fact: Child sex trafficking is the fastest growing criminal business in the U.S.
- Fact: Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, second ONLY to the Drug Trade.
- Fact: According to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) that tracks and is interlinked with federal, state, tribal and local agencies and offices, there were 465,676 missing children in 2016, an increase of nearly 5,000 since a year ago.
- Fact: In 2017 The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children stated that of the 25,000 runaways reported, one in seven were likely victims of child sex trafficking. Of those, 88% were in the care of social services when they went missing.
- Fact: Sex trafficking, especially the buying and selling of young girls, is the fastest growing business in the U.S. in organized crime. (CBS News, Austin)
- Fact: Sex trafficking is the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally, after drugs and guns. (WGBH)
- Fact: Children–some as young as 9 years old–are being bought and sold for sex in America. The average age is 13 years old. (DHS)
- Fact: Adults purchase children for sex every two minutes, at least 2.5 million times a year in the U.S.
- Fact: In Georgia alone, it is estimated that 7,200 (half of them in their 30’s) seek to purchase sex with adolescent girls each month, averaging 300 a day. (Source: Former Senator, Nancy Schaefer, report on CPS Corruption.)