“Today, you can go online and buy a child for sex. It’s as easy as ordering a pizza.”
Those are the sobering words spoken by Amy Schumer at the open of a haunting PSA featuring prominent entertainment figures like Schumer, Seth Meyers and Tony Shalhoub that is encouraging Americans to call their federal elected officials and urge them to support the proposed Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act.
The controversial legislation seeks to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which says that web providers are not legally culpable for what users post on their sites. Critics argue that this loophole makes it easier for sex traffickers to operate online. A Senate investigation, for instance, showed that the classifieds website Backpage.com derived 90 percent of its revenue from ads for prostitution. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has said that Backpage.com has been linked to almost three-quarters of all reports of online child sex trafficking. But lawsuits against the company have floundered, since Backpage.com has long been protected by Section 230.
Major tech companies initially pushed back against the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), arguing that the bill would be detrimental to their business models and remove fundamental internet protections. But after the bill was tweaked, many of these companies signed on with their support. Meanwhile, some in the tech community, like Wikipedia, still oppose the measure, arguing that it will remove protections that are crucial to the existence of smaller and nonprofit websites.
The recent PSA was created by World Without Exploitation in cooperation with Sanctuary for Families and 50 Eggs.World Without Exploitation is an organization that seeks to end human trafficking. Watch the video below: