prostitution 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (7/24/13) – Attorney General Jack Conway today joined a bi-partisan national coalition of 49 Attorneys General calling on Congress to amend the Communications Decency Act to help fight prostitution and child sex trafficking. In a letter to key members of Congress, the Attorneys General advocated that Congress amend the Communications Decency Act to provide criminal jurisdiction to state and local prosecutors. The letter's lead sponsors were the Attorneys General from the states of Missouri, South Dakota and Washington.
 
According to General Conway, the Communications Decency Act of 1996 was drafted when the Internet was in its infancy. The original purpose of the Act was to protect children from accessing indecent material online, but courts have interpreted certain provisions of the Act to provide immunity from state prosecution to online classified ad sites, such as Backpage.com, which promote and profit from human trafficking.
 
“Prostitution is a local crime. Absent interstate travel, federal property, or the involvement of a minor, prostitution is not a federal crime. While the Communications Decency Act provides criminal authority to the federal government, the Attorneys General believe that criminal jurisdiction needs to be extended to states to help combat these crimes. Federal law needs to be brought up to date with changes in technology to provide local prosecutors the tools they need to strike back against those who use technology to promote sexual exploitation of children," General Conway said.
 
Local prosecutors report that prostitution solicitations have largely moved online. Backpage.com, for example, generates an estimated $3 million to $4 million per month in revenue.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by the Office of Attorney General

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

August 31, 2015 6185

Man Convicted of Hopkins Countian's Death Granted…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 4880

All is Well after MNHHS Lockdown

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 3786

UPDATED: 'He Fought the Law ... but, the Law Won'

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 2675

Kentucky Career Center Blood Drive Aug. 31

by SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 2286

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Following Week

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

August 06, 2015 18311

Muhlenberg Woman Reportedly Suffers Violent…

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 11775

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

September 01, 2015 1465

Small Business Tax Credit Workshop

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 1146

Central City Gospelfest Planned for September 2

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 1062

Traffic Stop Leads to Meth Charge for Driver

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 835

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 776

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 773

Governor Lauds Launch of Kentucky's New I-Way

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 621

Child Injured in Wreck, Father Charged with DUI

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 589

Annual 'Swingin' for Sadie' Tourneys Set for…

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 460

Pet of the Day - Morty

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 428

Color Run Raises Funds for Cancer Research

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News