US President Donald Trump signed a law on Wednesday to punish website operators who facilitate online sex trading and create legal protection for the technology industry.
The law makes it easier for prosecutors and victims of sex trafficking to sue social media networks, advertisers and others who have kept exploitative material on their platforms, even though victims would be obliged to show websites that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking.
However, some technology companies, such as Facebook, were against it, but they withdrew after a few months of resistance. After negotiating changes that limited the potential impact of the law.
US Senator Rob Portman said:
"This is a momentous day in the struggle to help stop the online sex trade, and a great victory for victims and survivors of human trafficking who have too long been denied the opportunity to get the justice they deserve.”
That's really good! You can say what you want about Trump, but that he now brings this law through deserves respect. Facebook and Co. are only interested in their development as a company, without taking the victims into consideration. So, it's a big step, as Senator Rob Portman said, to get "justice they deserve.”