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CUA Law Professor Mary Leary was a guest on 89.3 KPCC to discuss the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), and if it's an effective way to combat sex-trafficking or is it an erosion of free-speech and an open internet. Below is a preface to the conversation and a link to the full article and radio interview.

Trafficking, technology experts discuss proposal
designed to curb sex trafficking via the web

From: 89.3 KPCC
Date: March 6, 2018

Bipartisan agreement in Congress seems rare these days, but last week the House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow websites to be held accountable for sex trafficking that happens on their platforms.

The law – called ‘FOSTA,’ short for Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act – was introduced by Missouri Republican Congresswoman Ann Wagner, and would change Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act to allow websites to be prosecuted for any content found to “knowingly assist, facilitate, or support sex trafficking.” Currently, Section 230 prevents attorneys and states from suing websites for content that third parties post on their platform.

Supporters of Rep. Wagner’s bill say Section 230 has been applied too loosely in the past, and that this bill gives victims of sex trafficking real tools to go after websites that might have facilitated crimes committed against them.

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Mary G. Leary   

Professor Mary G. Leary's
Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Technology

Exploitation of children and women

Human Trafficking

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