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Congressman Andy Harris

Representing the First District of Maryland

Putting an End to Online Sex Trafficking through FOSTA: The Fighting Online Sex Trafficking Act

July 24, 2018
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What FOSTA does:

  • Holds Bad Actors Accountable: clarifies that section 230 of the CDA does NOT grant immunity to websites that facilitate sex trafficking
  • Creates a New Federal Crime: websites that have the intent to promote or facilitate illegal prostitution can be prosecuted under the new 18 U.S.C 2421A created by the bill
  • Increases Criminal Penalties: prosecutors can seek higher penalties for websites who promote the illegal prostitution of 5 or more persons or act with reckless disregard for the fact that sex trafficking occurs on their website
  • Enforces Existing Laws: allows state and local prosecutors to enforce sex trafficking statutes and the new 2421A
  • Provides Restitution for Victims: gives victims of sex trafficking a pathway to sue bad actor websites for conduct violating the new criminal law, 2421A