On the same day law enforcement announced nine arrests for sex trafficking charges during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, 50 attorneys general asked the federal government to help them target online prostitution .
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The letter urges lawmakers to amend the Communications Decency Act CDA of to explicitly allow state and local law enforcement to prosecute online marketplaces such as Back. That website is frequently cited as a source of sex trafficking and prostitutionthe letter says, but some jurisdictions have interpreted the law to bar local prosecution of website operators.
Currently, the law only allows federal prosecutors to take action.
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The letter cites the recent arrests of 20 people for trafficking girls 14 and 17 years old in California, the murder of a year-old girl in Chicago, the pimping of a pregnant year-old girl in Georgia and a year-old girl in Florida as examples of cases related to Back.
The letter repeats a request made inwhen 49 prosecutors inked a letter to Congress.
The wide agreement across party lines is a the issue needs attention, Jackleysaid Wednesday. The nine arrests in Sturgis were each connected to online activity, Jackley said. Similar operations have taken place in Sturgis, with similarfor nine years. The new letter comes a few months after the announcement of the Campaign for Child Rescue, which creates a dedicated law enforcement funding source for sex trafficking enforcement technologies.
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