Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on Senate passage of H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. This legislation will now go to the President’s desk for signature:

“Our laws were never meant to enable sex traffickers to use online marketplaces to sell our fellow human beings. With today’s vote in the Senate, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act will now go to the President to be signed into law. This legislation, sponsored by Representatives Ann Wagner (MO-02) and Mimi Walters (CA-45), is the most significant anti-human trafficking legislation in years. Following Senator Rob Portman’s long-time advocacy to help get this bill approved in the Senate and with President Trump’s signature, websites like Backpage.com and other online platforms for the modern slave trade can be purged from the darkest corners of the internet, and we can save more of the victims of this monstrous crime.”

NOTE: The House passed H.R. 1865 on February 27, 2018 by a vote of 388-25.