News

Kirk Bill Attacks Sex Trafficking

Kirk Bill Attacks Sex Trafficking

U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) is introducing legislation aimed at websites that he claims are promoting sex trafficking.

The Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation, or SAVE Act, would make it illegal to post online ads for prostitutes. Kirk claims sites like Backpage.com, which allows those ads on its “adult services” section, are funding an industry where children are kidnapped and forced into prostitution.

Kirk says the owners of that site, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, are the top facilitators of sex trafficking in the United States. “We’re naming names and we’re being very specific, (because) I think if Lacey and Larkin got out of this business, we would really help lower human trafficking rates,” Kirk said.

Kirk is also introducing bills dealing with how victims of trafficking are treated by law enforcement, as well as establishing support programs for those victims.

Kirk says under current law, sites like Backpage are protected simply because they’re online. Another online classifieds site, Craigslist, once had a similar “adult services” section, but voluntarily shut it down in 2010 over concerns about sex trafficking.

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

Proposed Changes in Social Services Bring Protest

SNAP

SNAP, TANF eligibility in focus

in Local

Friday Hearing in Schock Case Cancelled

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

A judge has canceled a Friday hearing on former Congressman Aaron Schock's cooperation with a federal investigation.

in Local

Judge: Salaita Can Amend Lawsuit Against U of I

illinois logo

Steven Salaita can amend his lawsuit to include the previously dismissed claim that administrators deleted emails pertinent to the case.

in Local

Protest Over GMO Labeling at Sen. Durbin’s Office

durbin_protest

A small protest outside U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s Chicago office asked for him to vote against a bill which would prevent states from making the labeling of genetically modified foods mandatory.

in Local

Rauner Vetoes Bill For Better Police, Fire Pensions

pension

Rauner says public -- not city councils -- should decide.