ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Congresswoman Ann Wagner says only recently did she realize what a huge problem sex trafficking is in the United States.
“According to the U.S. Department of Justice, some 300,000 young children in the United States are at risk,” she says.
So, her bill, the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation, or SAVE Act, allows prosecutors to go after Internet sites like backpage.com that allow sex traffickers to advertise on their sites.
At her press conference, Katie Rhodes, a former victim of sex trafficking spoke. She says she was pimped out using online advertisements.
“One of the first things that my pimp did was put us in a hotel,” she told the group. “He got out his camera, took pictures, and posted us online for the sole purpose of selling sex.”
Rhodes, who now works as a victims advocate for others in the sex trafficking industry, says she knows this bill would help curb the problem through deterrence and prosecution.
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