WASHINGTON D.C. (KELO-AM) Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) joined Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) to help introduce new legislation targeting Backpage.com, one of the largest online facilitators of sex trafficking. Backpage.com has been used to buy and sell sexual services, many of which involve underage victims, in South Dakota and across the country.
“Backpage.com makes millions of dollars every year by facilitating the sale of our kids for sexual services. It’s disgusting,” said Rep. Noem. “I cannot stand by and allow websites like this to profit from the unlawful exploitation of our kids. I’m hopeful the SAVE Act will give prosecutors additional tools to go after Backpage.com and others that allow for sex trafficking to happen right under their noses.”
H.R. 4225, the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act, is designed to close Internet marketplaces that host advertisements for the commercial exploitation of minors. H.R. 4225 would allow prosecutors to charge websites with a federal crime if they knowingly advertise sex with minors.
Last week, Rep. Noem joined Rep. Frank Wolf and more than 40 other Members of Congress to demand that Attorney General Eric Holder take immediate action against Backpage.com (Read the letter here). Additionally, Rep. Noem recently convened an anti-trafficking forum in South Dakota and has emerged as a leader on this issue in Congress, having been appointed to the Majority Leader’s anti-trafficking taskforce.
ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND ON REP. NOEM’S ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING WORK
Noem, Wolf Lead 44 Members in Demanding Holder Take Immediate Action Against Backpage.com(3/11/14) Representatives Kristi Noem and Frank Wolf today led 44 Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle in demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder take immediate action to combat human trafficking and put an end to Backpage.com’s facilitation of the buying and selling of sexual services, many of which involve underage victims.
Noem Offers Remarks on Human Trafficking at Congressional Hearing(2/26/14) Rep. Kristi Noem today delivered remarks at the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, “The State of Efforts to Stop Human Trafficking.”
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Noem Hosts Justice Against Slavery Summit(2/24/14) Rep. Kristi Noem today hosted the Justice Against Slavery Summit in Sioux Falls to bring awareness to and inspire action on the issue of human trafficking in South Dakota. Rep. Noem was joined by the Polaris Project, advocates from the Native American community, law enforcement officers, parents and others to build awareness and lay out concrete ideas to better address human trafficking in our communities.Noem Addresses Better Ways to Combat Sex Trafficking with Area Advocates(1/23/14) Rep. Kristi Noem today met with area advocates to explore new ways to combat human trafficking throughout South Dakota. Joined in Sioux Falls by representatives from Lutheran Social Services, My Sister Friends’ House, Be Free Ministries, A Child’s Voice, the Sioux Falls Police Department, and Junior League, Rep. Noem discussed the primary drivers of sex trafficking in South Dakota and worked with them to develop better ways to address the issue on the federal level.
Noem Leads Effort to Combat Sex Trafficking(9/1/13) Rep. Kristi Noem announced today that she is joining a bipartisan effort to combat sex trafficking. H.R. 2805, the End Sex Trafficking Act of 2013, will help eliminate human trafficking rings by targeting the criminals who purchase sexual acts and ensuring they are prosecuted as human traffickers.Permalink: http://noem.house.gov/index.cfm/2014/3/rep-noem-joins-rep-wagner-to-help-introduce-new-legislation-targeting-backpage-com