Statement of Carl M Szabo, Senior Policy Counsel, NetChoice:

Sex trafficking rings commit awful crimes that impose a massive toll. We need to find and prosecute them – which is why we fully support the existing law – Section 230 – that allows for the U.S. Department of Justice to find, apprehend, and prosecute online sex and human trafficking rings.The DOJ already has all the power and permission it needs to prosecute trafficking sites and other bad actors like Backpage.

Yet, the department has not brought action against Backpage despite calls from several sponsors of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017. The DOJ needs no additional power or permission to make the Internet safer from these bad actors.  The proposed bill would not assist the DOJ’s efforts but would undermine undermine the freedoms that law-abiding citizens enjoy on the Internet.