U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) recently requested that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) include language addressing online sex trafficking, prostitution and child sexual abuse in Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with the European Union, Japan and the United Kingdom.
“The effort to end human trafficking starts at home, but it also requires a global effort,” Rep. Walters said on Oct. 31. “As we move forward with new and renegotiated trade agreements, I’ll continue to fight to protect men, women and children from exploitation.”
Earlier in October, similar language supported by Rep. Walters that addresses online sex trafficking made it into digital trade provisions of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
Rep. Walters collaborated with the USTR to ensure language from bills she supported – the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) of 2017, S. 1693, and the related Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), H.R. 1865, which were signed into law in April – became part of the USMCA to ensure the nation carries out a commitment to end human trafficking, she said.
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