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New program to help counter human trafficking

My habitual monitoring of human-trafficking news revealed a story every week or so just a few years ago. Now every day my inbox is loaded with at least three news stories about human-trafficking victims and the vile criminals who prey upon them.

Recently, I learned a Naples girl was sold for sex on the internet by a human trafficker. Don’t be shocked – it’s true! Websites like Backpage.com have a loophole that makes it legal for their advertisers to post ads selling underage girls for sex on the internet.

That’s why I’m shaking my head that Congress, after months of investigation, deliberation, committee hearings and outrage, has failed to amend Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act.

A simple and widely supported amendment to Section 230 will close the loophole that creates a Wild West playing field for human traffickers to make billions off internet transactions that exploit our most vulnerable citizens – especially children.

By Brenda Tate – January 18, 2017 – Naples Daily News

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