Larsen Statement on Human Trafficking Legislation

Feb 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) issued the following statement after voting yes on a bill that will hold online platforms accountable for publishing content that might help to facilitate human trafficking.

“While the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 is an imperfect bill, local law enforcement and advocacy groups across Washington’s Second District have told me sex trafficking is a big problem that we must address. Platforms like have no place in our communities and are a danger to teens across the United States.

I am proud that Washington state has been a leader in criminalizing human trafficking. Senator Cantwell and I took the lead to pass the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act that protects foreign women brought to the U.S. for marriage. Congress must continue to build on this progress and take steps to protect these vulnerable populations.”