Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 1865 - Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017

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February 26, 2018 4:26 PM

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Buck (CO)

#5

WITHDRAWN Allows civil action to be taken against any sanctuary jurisdiction that is harboring an individual who is in this country illegally and has been found guilty of a violation under this act.

Goodlatte (VA)

#2

MANAGER’S AMENDMENT REVISED Makes technical changes to the bill, adds "attempt" language that had been inadvertently omitted, clarifies that only sex trafficking victims may recover restitution, and permits the existing affirmative defense to be raised in cases where a defendant is being prosecuted under subsection 2421A(b)(1).

Jackson Lee (TX)

#3

REVISED Requests GAO study of: 1) civil damages claimed and awarded in civil actions where the claimant alleges the defendant promoted or facilitated the prostitution of five or more people, or acted in reckless disregard of the fact that their conduct contributed to sex trafficking, filed pursuant to 18 USC 2421A(c); and 2) mandatory restitution requested and orders imposed by courts where a defendant is convicted of using or operating a facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce with intent to promote or facilitate the prostitution of another, promoted or facilitated the prostitution of five or more people, or acted in reckless disregard of the fact that their conduct contributed to sex trafficking, pursuant to 18 USC 2421A(d).

Jackson Lee (TX)

#4

Provides that Section 230 of the Communications Act does not impair or limit state civil actions filed based on underlying conduct that would constitute a violation of: 1) the federal sex trafficking statute, 18 USC 1591(a); 2) the newly created offense of promotion or facilitation of prostitution, including promotion or facilitation of five or more people; and 3) the newly created offense of promotion or facilitation of prostitution in reckless disregard of sex trafficking, as defined in 18 USC 2421A.

Walters, Mimi (CA)

#1

REVISED Allows enforcement of criminal and civil sex trafficking laws against websites that knowingly facilitate online sex trafficking.