Florida Works To End Online Prostitution

By: Matt Horn Email
By: Matt Horn Email

By Matt Horn
August 9, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Sex sells. Now the state of Florida is working to stop it-- at least for online prostitution. The state is working to get the federal government to amend a law giving states more authority in preventing the online act.

Signs like this one are an open invitation for young women to become prostitutes. But because the internet is involved there’s little the state can do to stop it. Attorney General Pam Bondi and other Attorneys General want a federal law changed to give them more authority to step in. “They could stop human sex-trafficking with those people who are on the internet,” says Jenn Meale, Courtesy of The Florida Channel.

The group is calling on Congress to add the phrase “or state” to the Communications Decency Act of 1996. It would give states jurisdiction for ending online prostitution. “Currently under the Communications Decency Act, state and local law prosecutors don’t have authority, don’t have jurisdiction to act,” says Jenn Meale, Courtesy of The Florida Channel.

The state’s biggest online complaints have been Back page and Craigslist. This sign near Florida State is raising concerns, too.

People who have seen this sign, which promotes students to get sugar daddies – say its just another form of online prostitution. “It’s one of the first things we saw when we turned off campus the other day, it doesn’t convey a good image,” says John Schwenkler, a concerned citizen.

The Attorney General's office didn’t have a comment on the billboard; the company says it isn’t promoting online prostitution. In an email response, a representative says the sign is a platform allowing men and women to engage in mutually beneficial arrangements. People at FSU say it wrongfully exploits college students. “It’s preying into worries and fears they have about money and yeah, it’s predatory,” says Angela Schwenkler a concerned citizen.

It’s estimated Back page makes 5-million dollars a month from sex ads.

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