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Attorney General Coffman at Forefront of Securing Strong Prosecutions of Human Traffickers

DENVER- Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman today announced that she has joined 50 other state and territorial attorneys general in a bi-partisan coalition urging Congress to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to clarify that states, localities and territories retain authority to investigate and prosecute facilitators of child sex trafficking wherever they operate, including online. The goal of the amended CDA is to close a gap in the current law which allowed online classified ad services to profit from promoting the child sex trade with impunity. Online ads such as Backpage are currently profiting from ads placed by traffickers. It is both ironic and tragic that the CDA, which was intended to protect children from indecent material on the internet, is now used as a shield by those who profit from prostitution and crimes against children.

AG Coffman signed on to a letter sent to Congress explaining that the simple word addition to the CDA being proposed by the collaborative group of attorneys general will help to ensure that all citizens, including vulnerable children, are effectively protected throughout the entire country, in all courts.

“The CDA can become a sword to prosecute human traffickers,” said Attorney General Coffman. “Human traffickers are some of the worst of the worst criminals in our society. As Attorney General, it is my job to ensure that we have laws in place that can put these vile perpetrators in prison, where they belong. Nobody should be able to avoid prosecution for profiting off the suffering of our vulnerable citizens who have been victimized by human traffickers.”

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Annie Skinner
Colorado Attorney General’s Office
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