Seth Meyers, Amy Schumer, Florida discussed on This American Life


Once a run in with the cops didn't result in a ticket or a fine for Keira. And whatever that felt like for her overwhelming relieving confusing was immediately wiped away by another cop telling care of that, because she was staying in a room that was under Adam's name. She had to leave. On a very cold night in North Dakota. With nowhere to go. Then I remembered her. Remember when you Lysenko Wendy was the trafficking victim that Cara had read about in the car. She lived in North Dakota, the same state. The Cara was in and I got on the computer. In the lobby and I asked used the hotel phone and I called her. After that, everything changed. Starting with basics. Wendy found Cara a bed to sleep in close to where food to eat and a job bartending so she can make a bit of cash. Adam pled guilty to domestic abuse spent a short time in jail. Later they charged him with promoting prostitution, and Cara says she could have testified against him in court. But she feared for her safety. And so she didn't The case was eventually dismissed. No one from his gang ever bothered her again. And as soon as she saved up enough money carry drove back home to Florida. It was 2015. Yeah. So this is the part of the story where I explained the law that Congress enacted what they wanted it to do. And when. In fact it ended up doing especially to Kara. Most people call this lost sister Foster sister is short for Stop enabling Sex Trafficking Act. And its goal was to stop sex trafficking. By focusing on something really specific. The law would go after sex ads on the Internet. Like the kinds of ads, Cara's traffickers posted. The lawmakers figured, get rid of all the ads and you'll cut off a whole part of this market. Victims of trafficking had already tried to go after back page and sites like it for facilitating sex trafficking and prostitution, even while Carol was still being trafficked, But most of those efforts failed because of something called section 2 30. Section 2 30 basically says online platforms like Facebook, Twitter Reddit Craigslist anywhere Users post to leave comments. The companies that operate those platforms they're generally not responsible for what users say. So if someone posts something defamatory or something that results in harm, like if an exchange on a dating app leads to harassment in real life, the social media platforms can't be sued. Congress established this back in the early days of the Web in the mid nineties. It's a provision of the Communications Decency Act. By 2018 celebrities like Amy Schumer and Seth Meyers. We're doing anti trafficking P Esa's calling for a change to section 2 30..

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