Flanked by victims and family members who have lost loved ones, President Donald Trump signed a bill to help combat sex trafficking.
The action drew tears and a subtle, albeit demonstrative dance of vindication from those around him.
“I’m signing this bill in your honor,” Trump said, according to Cleveland.com. “You have endured what no person on earth should have to endure and we are going to do everything in our power to make sure that traffickers are brought to a swift and firm justice.”
Yvonne Ambrose was brought to tears as she thanked President Trump.
“It means so much to our family,” Ambrose said. “Hopefully there won’t be any more people who have to endure that pain.”
The Chicago woman lost her 16-year-old daughter, who was murdered by a man who used Backpage.com to buy her for underaged sex, according to Cleveland.com.
The founding executives of Backpage.com, a private advertisement website federal authorities have shut down, were charged with 93 counts of facilitating prostitution and fraud on Monday.
“Unfortunately, my daughter was not the first person whom this has happened to,” the grieving mother said. “And thanks to you and everyone here, hopefully there won’t be many more after her that have to endure this pain.”
President Trump graciously gave Ambrose the pen he used to sign the bill.
Behind Ambrose was a woman identified only as “M.A.,” who broke into dance as the president signed the bill.
“It’s about damn time,” she said, when another woman drew Trump’s attention to her.
“M.A.,” who was kidnapped and sold on the internet through Backpage.com in 2010, according to The Daily Caller, was the first to sue the owners of the website, Village Voice Media.
The lawsuit was unsuccessful and the dance reflected her feeling of vindication.
The president credited daughter Ivanka Trump, who was on hand, for helping with the bill: “She’s been a great representative, I will say.”
The first daughter tweeted photos of the event, along with the caption: “This is an important day in the fight against human trafficking as this bipartisan legislation officially becomes law. Thank you to everyone who gathered at the White House today, and so many others, for your tireless efforts to make this possible.”
This is an important day in the fight against human trafficking as this bipartisan legislation officially becomes law. Thank you to everyone who gathered at the White House today, and so many others, for your tireless efforts to make this possible. #FOSTA – #SESTA #EndTrafficking pic.twitter.com/E7jWPbSRBK
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 11, 2018
The legislation will penalize website operators that facilitate online sex trafficking and weaken legal protection for the technology industry, Reuters reported.
“The law is intended to make it easier for state prosecutors and sex-trafficking victims to sue social media networks, advertisers and others that kept exploitative material on their platforms,” the news agency reported.
Victims will be required to show websites knowingly facilitated sex trafficking.
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