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OUR FIRST ANNUAL REPORT, 2016
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Annual Report 2016
ANTI-TRAFFICKING BILLS REINTRODUCED IN MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE
Three new pieces of legislation have been been reintroduced in the Massachusetts Legislature: S.905 enhances the lives of survivors of human trafficking including vacating convictions; S.906 strengthens the anti-trafficking law; and S.907 prevents human trafficking and sexual exploitation in bodyworks establishments. Please reach out to your legislators to express your support, and ask them to sign on as co-sponsors of these bills. All three pieces of legislation have been referred to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.
A US SENATE REPORT:
BACKPAGE.COM’S KNOWING FACILITATION OF ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING
For more than twenty months, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has investigated the problem of online sex trafficking. The investigation led the Subcommittee to focus on Backpage.com, the leading online marketplace for commercial sex. Operating in 97 countries and 943 locations worldwide—and last valued at more than a half-billion dollars—Backpage is the world’s second-largest classified advertising website. Backpage is involved in 73% of all child trafficking reports that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) receives from the general public (excluding reports by Backpage itself). The National Association of Attorneys General has aptly described Backpage as a “hub” of “human trafficking, especially the trafficking of minors.” Backpage does not deny that its site is used for criminal activity, including the sale of children for sex. Instead the company has long claimed that it is a mere host of content created by others and therefore immune from liability under the Communications Decency Act (CDA).