H.R. 285, Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act of 2015

H.R. 285

Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act of 2015

Sponsor
Rep. Ann Wagner

Committee
Judiciary

Date
January 27, 2015 (114th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

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.

Bill Summary

H.R. 285 is substantively identical to H.R. 4225, the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act of 2014, which passed on May 20, 2014 by a vote of 392-19.  (See Roll Call #222)

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.

Background

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.[1]  This legislation would attempt to address the problem by criminalizing the advertisement of minors for commercial sex acts.

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[1] http://aimgroup.com/2013/07/10/online-prostitution-ad-revenue-crosses-craigslist-benchmark/

Cost

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.[2]

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[2] http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45351

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.