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WASHINGTON – With the ink of President Trump’s signature still drying on the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” (FOSTA), the U.S. Senate seems poised to pass another new bill ostensibly aimed at curbing human trafficking, but which could have implications for sex workers, and potentially for adult performers and website operators, as well.
The “End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2018” (EBHTA), which has already sailed through the House of Representatives by a vote of 408-2, appears to have broad bipartisan support in the Senate, as well. The bill is being championed in the Senate by a strange pair of bedfellows indeed – Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
“Human trafficking is one of the most urgent human rights issues of our time,” Rubio said in a joint statementissued earlier this month by the two senators. “This bill helps provide financial institutions and law enforcement with additional support in their ongoing efforts to help stop human trafficking and hold perpetrators accountable. I am pleased that the House passed it and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to ensure this bill becomes law.”
“We need to use every tool available to fight human trafficking,” Warren added. “I am glad the House passed our legislation to help financial institutions and regulators cut off traffickers’ access to the banking system and fight perpetrators profiting off the lives of human beings. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to pass this bipartisan bill.”