Scott Votes For Anti-Sex Trafficking Legislation
Washington– U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the statement below after voting for the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) this afternoon. This legislation clarifies section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to ensure that websites are not provided legal protection when knowingly facilitating sex trafficking.
“We must do everything possible to stop sex trafficking, especially with studies showing an 846 percent increase in reports of suspected child sex trafficking from 2010-2015. In an increasingly technology-driven world, bad actors consistently find new ways to carry out their terrible acts, and we have to ensure our laws keep up. SESTA will close a loophole that has allowed websites to knowingly facilitate sex trafficking and then evade responsibility. We will continue working to stop the evils of sex and human trafficking, and I am pleased the Senate passed this important legislation today.”