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Kirk, Alvarez call for federal laws to stop online sex trafficking

WGN-TV

Victims of sex trafficking are getting new support from Illinois politicians.

They want Congress to increase federal penalties and shutdown websites used for online sex trafficking.

President Obama recently called human trafficking modern day slavery.

Senator Mark Kirk says a large part of it can be blamed on websites that promote prostitution.

Sen. Kirk with Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez at his side today announced legislation that would crackdown on trafficking thru online sex ads.

Alvarez’s human trafficking unit has charged 93 defendants since it was created in 2010.

Kirk pointed out the need for a federal-local partnerships to end sex trafficking in the U.S.

Kirk took aim at one website in particular, backpage.com out of Arizona, which according to the National Association of Attorneys General is responsible for more than 70% of prostitution advertising in America.  It’s adult services section is notorious for advertising on behalf of child…

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