In front of a host of human trafficking survivors and their families, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a bill that will provide law enforcement and prosecutors the tools they need to obtain justice for human trafficking victims and hold websites that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking accountable. The accused pimp, Joseph Hazley, faces federal charges for allegedly selling her for sex on the website.
Language in FOSTA states that the "Communications Decency Act of 1996 was never meant to provide legal protection to websites that unlawfully promote and facilitate prostitution and websites that facilitate traffickers in advertising the sale of unlawful sex acts with sex trafficking victims". The unit works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to uncover and prosecute cases of modern-day slavery involving both children and adults.
"She's been a great representative, I will say", Trump said to members of Congress who gathered for the bill's signing. "I am M.A. It's about da** time", before she dabbed.More news: Russell Westbrook Averages Triple-Double for Second-Straight Season
Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America, applauds the commander in chief for supporting the biggest anti-sex trafficking bill since the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003. Even Yvonne Ambrose of Chicago had to wipe away a tear.
The body of Robinson, 16, was found in a Markham garage on Christmas Eve 2016 - her throat slit and her body beaten.
The Washington Post reports the signing comes days after seven executives for Backpage.com were arrested and indicted.More news: Seven Myanmar soldiers sentenced to 10 years in jail over Rohingya massacre
The passing of the legislation brought on a federal investigation into Backpage.com, which ultimately shut down the classified advertising website.
Sen. Rob Porter (R-OH) added, "For too long, courts around the country have ruled that (websites like) Backpage can continue to facilitate illegal sex trafficking online with no repercussions".More news: Yemeni Drones Hit Saudi Airport, Aramco Facility in Border Area