Attorney General Sean Reyes Urges Congressional Support of Legislation to Prevent Online Sex Trafficking of Youth

Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes today urged members  of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to support legislation that would help prevent children from being trafficked on the Internet. His office’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and SECURE Strike Force are constantly battling the overwhelming crisis.  

Human trafficking is the fastest- growing criminal industry in the world, generating approximately $150 billion each year. Shockingly, there are numerous cases nationally of children being used in prostitution as young as 12.  The FBI estimates that nearly 300,000 American youth are at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation. 

“At any given time in our office, we have multiple investigators assigned to cases where children are being exploited and trafficked on the Internet. Although we make many arrests locally, the problem is catastrophically permeating back rooms of the web,” said Attorney General Reyes. “We can no longer fight this fight without an interconnected effort with legislators and law enforcement officials, both nationally and internationally.” 

In a letter co­-sponsored by the Indiana and Washington attorneys general, and joined by 51 other attorneys general, General Reyes asked members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for their support of the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act (SAVE) Act (S. 2536), which would provide more oversight of websites that facilitate “adult services,” such as Backpage.com. 

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