Topic

human trafficking

247 petitions

Update posted 12 hours ago

Petition to Congressional Committees on Commerce, Science and Transportation and on Energy and Commerce, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Hold Websites Accountable for Aiding and Abetting Human Trafficking

Did you know that when websites profit from the illegal activity of human trafficking, they are not held accountable? In the event that a company profits from the sale of victims of trafficking (including minors), they can use Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act as a defense. Section 230 provides websites with blanket immunity from “third party content”. This was designed to protect websites from being prosecuted when someone visiting their site posts inappropriate or even illegal content without the site’s knowledge or approval. It was NOT designed to grant immunity when a website actively PROFITS from third party content.  Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now is one of several anti-trafficking organizations that are seeking a change to the CDA.  In order to stop human trafficking, we must take action to make access to this crime more difficult. Section 230 had good intentions, but it has been used to protect various companies that profit from advertising sex trafficking of women and children.  If websites profit from crimes such as human trafficking, they should be held accountable.  We must urge lawmakers to amend the Communications Decency Act if we want to see a decrease in trafficking and exploitation in the US. Join us in asking Congress to amend  the Communications Decency Act so that 1. State and local law enforcement agencies have the authority to arrest and prosecute websites that advertise human trafficking victims and 2. The protections that websites currently enjoy from being held liable for third party content when they profit from that content is eliminated.

ENC Stop Human Trafficking NOW
6,346 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Minnesota State House, Minnesota State Senate, Mark Dayton

Curb Human Trafficking: Regulate Massage Therapy and Require Therapist Licensure

Human trafficking is a form of slavery. One extremely prevalent form of human trafficking is sex trafficking where a vulnerable demographic (i.e. foreigners, runaway teens) are forced to perform sexual acts to patrons (colloquially known as "johns"). It is a not-well-kept secret that massage parlors, taking advantage of lax regulations, operate as brothels. These places are simple to find since they advertise on sites that promote prostitution such as Rubmaps.com and/or Backpages.com. It is not uncommon for the victims to be beaten by their oppressors and forced to live on-site. They are taxied to and fro locations to decrease their chances of assimilation with the local population, and thus, escape. Many times, the victims do not speak English and their isolation is heightened. Meanwhile, the victims have no voice to be heard, crime increases in local towns, men (unaware of the location's reputation) will be sexually assaulted on-site and then be forced to pay for services, and legitimate massage therapists face an increased risk of encountering violent johns. The reason that such an industry is targeted is simple: there are no regulations, no requirements for certification. Police officers and district attorneys hesitate to bring these cases to court or even be investigated. Anybody can rent a location, call themselves a massage therapist, and be open for business. By increasing regulations on massage therapists, we not only increase the legitimacy of therapists, we close one of the avenues that traffickers use to make forced prostitution legal in their towns. 

Humanitarians of Wright County
108 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Senator Jake Corman, Representative Scott Conklin

Make Sex-trafficking Education Mandatory for Hotel Employees

This petition is intended to bring attention to the senators and lawmakers of Pennsylvania about the serious issue of sex trafficking in our state. Just this March, a young teen was found to have been being forcibly sold for sex in a motel in Philadelphia for two years of her life. The staff had knowledge of the activities occurring in their motel, yet accepted the money and did nothing to help the victim (source: philly.com). By requiring hotel staff to employ sex-trafficking education in their employee orientation as well as posting visible signs in hotel lobbies with assistance hotlines, the permissive atmosphere of some hotels can be eradicated, which would effectively deter pimps from using them as ground for illegal sex trade. Additionally, any employee who would have previously been unable to recognize a victim or perpetrator of human trafficking would now have the education to do so and call for help. Most importantly, young victims who are unaware that they what is happening to them is not prostitution, but sexual slavery, would have more confidence in seeking help from an assistance hotline or police. I am proposing that we, the state of Pennsylvania, model New York assemblywoman Amy Paulin's legislature (bill A06834) on human trafficking education, and that we take action to make our state a safer place.

Leia Skidgel
9 supporters