UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — President Donald Trump has signed a new sex trafficking bill, which reduces legal protections for websites that post sex trafficking ads.
Surrounded by victims of sex trafficking, Trump signed into law the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act on April 11.
The legislation cuts into broad protections which currently shield websites from legal liability for content posted by third-party users.
Now, victims and state prosecutors could file civil lawsuits against websites that carry sex trafficking content.
While the bill passed easily in both the House and Senate, some argued that it puts too much burden on websites to police content posted by users on their platform.
Sex workers also argued that the bill will drive them offline and jeopardize their safety.
The signing comes just days after executives for Backpage.com were indicted on 93 counts for facilitating underage sex trafficking and money laundering.