CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 285, the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act of 2015, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 285 was introduced on January 12, 2015 by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) and referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.
Under current law, 18 U.S.C. § 1591 criminalizes the knowing sex trafficking of minors and others through force, fraud, or coercion. H.R. 285 clarifies that 18 U.S.C. § 1591 can be violated when a defendant knowingly advertises a victim for a commercial sex act, or knowingly benefits from such an advertisement.
The growth of the internet has unfortunately provided commercial sex traffickers a convenient way to market their victims to potential purchasers. Individuals are currently able to use websites to advertise and purchase sexual encounters with minors. In 2012 alone, online advertisements of prostitution collected nearly $45 million in revenue. This legislation would attempt to address the problem by criminalizing the advertisement of minors for commercial sex acts.
A CBO cost estimate for this legislation is currently unavailable. However, a CBO cost estimate from the 113th Congress found that this legislation have no significant effect on discretionary spending and would not significantly affect direct spending or revenues.
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