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FOSTA protects sex trafficking victims by disrupting the cycle of trafficking and shrinking the online commercial sex market, but it’s under threat from tech companies and others.

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Sex trafficking has increased with rise of the internet, and it’s a global issue. In the US, nearly two thirds of children sold for sex in the US are trafficked online, and a few years ago,the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children directly correlated a five-year 846% increase in child sex trafficking reports to the growing use of the internet to sell children for sex.

This was made possible by a legal loophole which had allowed websites like Backpage to publish advertisements for the sale of people for sex online, even though both sex trafficking and pimping are illegal. But in April 2018, the groundbreaking Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (“FOSTA”) was signed into law, finally holding internet companies accountable when they knowingly facilitate sex trafficking.

FOSTA needs to be protected and fully implemented--not weakened and ignored!


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Sex traffickers paid an average of $7 to place ads on backpage.com. One more simple thing you can do is donate $7 today to support our campaign to end sex trafficking, and our other important work for women and girls.

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