Prohibiting Online Sex Ads

Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez unveiled legislation that would ban websites like Backpage.com from selling online sex ads promoting prostitution and human trafficking. “As President Obama has said, it’s time to call human trafficking what it really is – modern day slavery,” Kirk said. “Illinois was the first state in the nation to ratify the 13th amendment that abolished slavery – it makes sense for Illinois to lead the nation in a bipartisan effort to end human trafficking. We can start by putting an end to sex ads on websites like Backpage.com.”

Kirk will introduce the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act in the Senate. The legislation would close the loophole that allows sites like Backpage.com to run ads that could aid the sex trafficking industry. Under Sen. Kirk’s legislation, the federal government would be able to prosecute Backpage.com and similar sites. The legislation would allow the U.S. Attorney to shut down advertisements on those websites that promote underage sex. If convicted, offenders could also receive up to five years in prison.

Learn more at Colleen Connolly’s NBC Chicago article: Kirk Proposes Legislation To End Sex Trafficking.

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