News & Events

For media inquiries and other press-related questions, please contact the NAAG Press Center at (202) 326-6047 or mtharp@naag.org.

Press Room

AGs to Congress: Amend Federal Law to Fight Child Sex Trafficking

Washington, DC---The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) called on Congress to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) of 1996 in order to grant criminal jurisdiction to state and local governments. If enacted, the amendment would allow state and local governments to criminally investigate and prosecute online classified ad sites that promote prostitution and child sex trafficking.

The CDA’s original purpose was to protect children from accessing indecent material online, but courts have recently interpreted certain provisions to provide immunity from state prosecution to online classified ad sites, such as Backpage.com, that profit from human trafficking. Local prosecutors report that prostitution solicitations, including advertising child sex trade victims, have largely moved online.

“Federal enforcement alone has proven insufficient to stem the growth of internet-facilitated child sex trafficking,” reads a July 23 NAAG letter signed by 49 state and territorial attorneys general. It was sent to the chairmen and ranking members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and House Committee on Energy and Commerce. “Those on the front lines of the battle against the sexual exploitation of children---state and local law enforcement---must be granted the authority to investigate and prosecute those who facilitate these horrible crimes.”

A copy of the NAAG letter can be found here: http://www.naag.org/sign-on_archive.php.

# # #

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), www.naag.org, was founded in 1907 to help attorneys general fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions.

red logo

ARCHIVE

SAVE THE DATE

2014 Chief Deputies/Chiefs of Staff Meeting

April 23 - 25, 2014
San Diego, CA
Contact: Jeffrey Hunter

Persuasive Legal Writing

April 23 - 25, 2014
National Advocacy Center, Columbia, SC
Contact: Judy McKee

Intellectual Property Theft Training Seminar: Hazard, KY

April 23, 2014
Perry County Public Library Auditorium
Contact: Judy McKee

Intellectual Property Theft Training Seminar: Louisville, KY

April 25, 2014
Louisville Metro Police Department, LMPD Training Academy
Contact: Judy McKee

National Cybercrime Conference

April 28 - 30, 2014
Sheraton Four Points, Norwood, MA
Contact: Hedda Litwin

Representation of State Agencies

April 29 - 30, 2014
Louisville, KY
Contact: Bill Malloy