WASHINGTON, DC – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following statement after the United States Senate voted 97-2 to advance the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 (S. 1693). The bill passed the House of Representatives on a 388-25 vote. It will now be sent to the President for his signature. In September 2017, Attorney General Becerra testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation underscoring the importance of amending the Communications Decency Act.
“I am pleased Congress passed the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, a move that heralds promising results for survivors of human trafficking and their families,” said Attorney General Becerra. “This critical legislation makes clear the authority of state and local law enforcement to protect victims from those who promote, facilitate and benefit from sex trafficking online. Today, we saw bipartisan efforts to support survivors and their families pay off. We look forward to the President’s support for this legislation to further protect trafficking victims throughout the United States.”
To view the video of Attorney General Becerra’s full testimony before the U.S. Senate visit: https://www.c-span.org/video/?434259-1/senate-committee-considers-trafficking-crime-bill&live=
To view a copy of the Attorney General’s written testimony visit: https://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-becerra-testifies-us-senate-support-protecting-children-sex