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Short Titles as Enacted

Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017

Short Titles as Reported to House

Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced

Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017

Short Titles - Senate

Short Titles as Passed Senate

Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of such Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sexual exploitation of children or sex trafficking, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (8)

Date
04/11/2018Became Public Law No: 115-164. (TXT | PDF)
04/11/2018Signed by President.
04/03/2018Presented to President.
03/21/2018Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 97 - 2. Record Vote Number: 60.
02/27/2018Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 388 - 25 (Roll no. 91).
02/20/2018Committee on Energy and Commerce discharged.
02/20/2018Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 115-572, Part I.
04/03/2017Introduced in House

All Actions (59)

Date Chamber
04/11/2018Became Public Law No: 115-164. (TXT | PDF)
04/11/2018Signed by President.
04/03/2018HousePresented to President.
03/21/2018SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
03/21/2018SenatePassed Senate without amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 97 - 2. Record Vote Number: 60.
03/21/2018SenateS.Amdt.2212 Proposed amendment SA 2212 withdrawn in Senate. (consideration: CR S1871)
03/21/2018SenateS.Amdt.2213 Amendment SA 2213 ruled out of order by the chair.
03/21/2018SenateS.Amdt.2213 Motion to waive all applicable budgetary discipline with respect to amendment SA 2213 rejected in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 21 - 78. Record Vote Number: 59.
03/21/2018SenateS.Amdt.2213 Point of order that the amendement violates section 4106(a) of H.Con.Res. 71, 115th Congress, raised in Senate with respect to amendment SA 2213.
03/21/2018SenateS.Amdt.2213 Amendment SA 2213 proposed by Senator Wyden. (consideration: CR S1865-1871; text: CR S1865) To provide additional funding to the Department of Justice to combat the online facilitation of sex trafficking.
03/21/2018SenateS.Amdt.2212 Amendment SA 2212 proposed by Senator Wyden. (consideration: CR S1865-1871; text: CR S1865) To clarify that efforts of a provider or user of an interactive computer service to identify, restrict access to, or remove objectionable material shall not be considered in determining the criminal or civil liability of the provider or user for other material.
03/21/2018SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S1849-1872)
03/20/2018SenateMotion to proceed to measure considered in Senate. (CR S1801)
03/19/2018SenateSenate vitiated previous cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S1780-1784)
03/19/2018SenateCloture on the motion to proceed to the measure invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 94 - 2. Record Vote Number: 57. (CR S1780)
03/19/2018SenateMotion to proceed to measure considered in Senate. (CR S1773)
03/15/2018SenateMotion to proceed to measure considered in Senate. (CR S1742)
03/14/2018SenateCloture motion on the motion to proceed to the measure presented in Senate.
03/14/2018SenateMotion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate. (CR S1731)
03/01/2018SenateRead the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 339.
02/28/2018SenateReceived in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
02/27/2018-6:00pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
02/27/2018-6:00pmHouseOn passage Passed by recorded vote: 388 - 25 (Roll no. 91).
02/27/2018-5:48pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
02/27/2018-5:48pmHouseThe House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
02/27/2018-5:47pmHouseThe House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1865.
02/27/2018-5:47pmHouseH.Amdt.526 On agreeing to the Walters, Mimi amendment (A002) Agreed to by recorded vote: 308 - 107 (Roll no. 90).
02/27/2018-5:39pmHouseUNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of an amendment which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
02/27/2018-5:39pmHouseThe House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
02/27/2018-5:38pmHouseConsidered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H1317-1319)
02/27/2018-3:33pmHouseCommittee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 1865 as unfinished business.
02/27/2018-3:33pmHouseOn motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
02/27/2018-3:33pmHouseMrs. Roby moved that the Committee rise.
02/27/2018-3:33pmHouseH.Amdt.527 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment (A003) Agreed to by voice vote.
02/27/2018-3:23pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 748, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 3.
02/27/2018-3:23pmHouseH.Amdt.527 Amendment (A003) offered by Ms. Jackson Lee. (consideration: CR H1304-1305; text: CR H1304)
02/27/2018-3:23pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Mimi Walters amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Lofgren demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
02/27/2018-3:11pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 748, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Mrs. Mimi Walters (CA) amendment No. 2.
02/27/2018-3:10pmHouseH.Amdt.526 Amendment (A002) offered by Mrs. Walters, Mimi. (consideration: CR H1302-1304, H1317-1318; text: CR H1302)
02/27/2018-3:10pmHouseH.Amdt.525 On agreeing to the Goodlatte amendment (A001) Agreed to by voice vote.
02/27/2018-3:08pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 748, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Goodlatte amendment No. 1.
02/27/2018-3:06pmHouseH.Amdt.525 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Goodlatte. (consideration: CR H1301-1302; text: CR H1301-1302)
02/27/2018-2:10pmHouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1865.
02/27/2018-2:09pmHouseThe Speaker designated the Honorable Jeff Denham to act as Chairman of the Committee.
02/27/2018-2:09pmHouseHouse resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 748 and Rule XVIII.
02/27/2018-2:09pmHouseRule provides for consideration of H.R. 1865. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1865 under a structured rule with one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary. The rule makes in order an amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary printed in the bill. The rule also provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
02/27/2018-2:09pmHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 748. (consideration: CR H1290-1305; text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR H1301)
02/27/2018-1:53pmHouseRule H. Res. 748 passed House.
02/26/2018-7:26pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 748 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1865. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1865 under a structured rule with one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary. The rule makes in order an amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary printed in the bill. The rule also provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
02/20/2018HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 432.
02/20/2018HouseCommittee on Energy and Commerce discharged.
02/20/2018HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 115-572, Part I.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
12/12/2017HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
12/12/2017HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
04/26/2017HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
04/07/2017HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
Action By: Committee on Energy and Commerce
04/03/2017HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
04/03/2017HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
04/03/2017HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (174)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3]* 04/03/2017
Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]* 04/03/2017
Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]* 04/03/2017
Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2]* 04/03/2017
Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12]* 04/03/2017
Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39]* 04/03/2017
Rep. Roby, Martha [R-AL-2]* 04/03/2017
Rep. Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16]* 04/03/2017
Rep. Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS-2]* 04/03/2017
Rep. Smucker, Lloyd [R-PA-16] 05/18/2017
Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15] 06/12/2017
Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14] 06/12/2017
Rep. Fleischmann, Charles J. "Chuck" [R-TN-3] 06/12/2017
Rep. Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7] 06/12/2017
Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7] 06/12/2017
Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6] 06/13/2017
Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7] 06/13/2017
Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4] 06/13/2017
Rep. Shimkus, John [R-IL-15] 06/13/2017
Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51] 06/16/2017
Rep. Turner, Michael R. [R-OH-10] 06/16/2017
Rep. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV-3] 06/16/2017
Rep. Hartzler, Vicky [R-MO-4] 06/16/2017
Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2] 06/16/2017
Rep. Garrett, Thomas A., Jr. [R-VA-5] 06/16/2017
Rep. Katko, John [R-NY-24] 06/20/2017
Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2] 06/21/2017
Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24] 06/21/2017
Rep. LaHood, Darin [R-IL-18] 06/21/2017
Rep. Coffman, Mike [R-CO-6] 07/11/2017
Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3] 07/12/2017
Rep. Bishop, Mike [R-MI-8] 07/12/2017
Rep. Stefanik, Elise M. [R-NY-21] 07/12/2017
Rep. Crist, Charlie [D-FL-13] 07/12/2017
Rep. Carbajal, Salud O. [D-CA-24] 07/19/2017
Rep. Comstock, Barbara [R-VA-10] 07/19/2017
Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13] 07/19/2017
Rep. Rooney, Thomas J. [R-FL-17] 07/28/2017
Rep. Graves, Sam [R-MO-6] 07/28/2017
Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8] 07/28/2017
Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1] 07/28/2017
Rep. MacArthur, Thomas [R-NJ-3] 07/28/2017
Rep. Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9] 07/28/2017
Rep. Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11] 07/28/2017
Rep. Young, David [R-IA-3] 07/28/2017
Rep. Walker, Mark [R-NC-6] 07/28/2017
Rep. Walberg, Tim [R-MI-7] 07/28/2017
Rep. Harris, Andy [R-MD-1] 07/28/2017
Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6] 07/28/2017
Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21] 07/28/2017
Rep. Brat, Dave [R-VA-7] 07/28/2017
Rep. Poliquin, Bruce [R-ME-2] 07/28/2017
Rep. Valadao, David G. [R-CA-21] 07/28/2017
Rep. Walters, Mimi [R-CA-45] 07/28/2017
Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7] 07/28/2017
Rep. Herrera Beutler, Jaime [R-WA-3] 07/28/2017
Rep. Long, Billy [R-MO-7] 07/28/2017
Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1] 07/28/2017
Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10] 07/28/2017
Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37] 07/28/2017
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30] 07/28/2017
Rep. Hanabusa, Colleen [D-HI-1] 07/28/2017
Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large] 07/28/2017
Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14] 07/28/2017
Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] 07/28/2017
Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1] 07/28/2017
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20] 07/28/2017
Rep. Richmond, Cedric L. [D-LA-2] 07/28/2017
Rep. Love, Mia B. [R-UT-4] 07/28/2017
Rep. Clay, Wm. Lacy [D-MO-1] 07/28/2017
Rep. Kildee, Daniel T. [D-MI-5] 07/28/2017
Rep. Brown, Anthony G. [D-MD-4] 07/28/2017
Rep. Plaskett, Stacey E. [D-VI-At Large] 07/28/2017
Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12] 07/28/2017
Rep. Thompson, Bennie G. [D-MS-2] 07/28/2017
Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5] 07/28/2017
Rep. Bost, Mike [R-IL-12] 07/28/2017
Rep. Tenney, Claudia [R-NY-22] 07/28/2017
Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] 07/28/2017
Rep. Handel, Karen C. [R-GA-6] 07/28/2017
Rep. Cuellar, Henry [D-TX-28] 07/28/2017
Rep. Cole, Tom [R-OK-4] 07/28/2017
Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] 07/28/2017
Rep. Noem, Kristi L. [R-SD-At Large] 07/28/2017
Rep. Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN-5] 07/28/2017
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-27] 07/28/2017
Rep. Ross, Dennis A. [R-FL-15] 07/28/2017
Rep. Kelly, Trent [R-MS-1] 07/28/2017
Rep. Donovan, Daniel M., Jr. [R-NY-11] 07/28/2017
Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2] 07/28/2017
Rep. Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [D-GA-2] 07/28/2017
Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12] 07/28/2017
Rep. Palmer, Gary J. [R-AL-6] 07/28/2017
Rep. Davidson, Warren [R-OH-8] 07/28/2017
Rep. Foxx, Virginia [R-NC-5] 07/28/2017
Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6] 07/28/2017
Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11] 07/28/2017
Rep. Faso, John J. [R-NY-19] 07/28/2017
Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12] 08/01/2017
Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] 08/04/2017
Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-8] 08/04/2017
Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] 08/04/2017
Rep. Reed, Tom [R-NY-23] 08/04/2017
Rep. Joyce, David P. [R-OH-14] 08/04/2017
Rep. Brady, Robert A. [D-PA-1] 08/04/2017
Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2] 08/04/2017
Rep. Franks, Trent [R-AZ-8] 08/04/2017
Rep. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ-9] 08/04/2017
Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] 08/04/2017
Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5] 08/04/2017
Rep. O'Halleran, Tom [D-AZ-1] 08/04/2017
Rep. Johnson, Mike [R-LA-4] 09/06/2017
Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8] 09/06/2017
Rep. Jenkins, Evan H. [R-WV-3] 09/06/2017
Rep. Gonzalez, Vicente [D-TX-15] 09/06/2017
Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7] 09/06/2017
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] 09/07/2017
Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29] 09/13/2017
Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5] 09/13/2017
Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13] 09/13/2017
Rep. Keating, William R. [D-MA-9] 09/13/2017
Rep. Nolan, Richard M. [D-MN-8] 09/13/2017
Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1] 09/13/2017
Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18] 09/13/2017
Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15] 09/13/2017
Rep. DesJarlais, Scott [R-TN-4] 09/14/2017
Rep. Curbelo, Carlos [R-FL-26] 09/14/2017
Rep. Aderholt, Robert B. [R-AL-4] 09/14/2017
Rep. Hultgren, Randy [R-IL-14] 09/14/2017
Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7] 09/14/2017
Rep. Fortenberry, Jeff [R-NE-1] 09/14/2017
Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3] 09/14/2017
Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] 09/14/2017
Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1] 09/14/2017
Rep. Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5] 09/14/2017
Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] 09/14/2017
Rep. Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2] 09/14/2017
Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32] 09/14/2017
Rep. Wilson, Joe [R-SC-2] 09/14/2017
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9] 09/25/2017
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large] 09/25/2017
Rep. Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [R-NJ-11] 09/25/2017
Rep. Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3] 09/26/2017
Rep. Reichert, David G. [R-WA-8] 09/27/2017
Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1] 09/27/2017
Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8] 09/27/2017
Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17] 09/27/2017
Rep. Shuster, Bill [R-PA-9] 09/27/2017
Rep. Hollingsworth, Trey [R-IN-9] 10/03/2017
Rep. Byrne, Bradley [R-AL-1] 10/03/2017
Rep. Scott, Austin [R-GA-8] 10/03/2017
Rep. Lawson, Al, Jr. [D-FL-5] 10/03/2017
Rep. Rice, Kathleen M. [D-NY-4] 10/11/2017
Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2] 10/11/2017
Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2] 10/11/2017
Rep. Tiberi, Patrick J. [R-OH-12] 10/11/2017
Rep. Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1] 10/11/2017
Rep. Rice, Tom [R-SC-7] 10/11/2017
Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25] 10/12/2017
Rep. Barletta, Lou [R-PA-11] 10/12/2017
Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5] 10/12/2017
Rep. Marshall, Roger W. [R-KS-1] 10/23/2017
Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] 10/23/2017
Rep. Knight, Stephen [R-CA-25] 10/23/2017
Rep. Kustoff, David [R-TN-8] 10/24/2017
Rep. Lucas, Frank D. [R-OK-3] 10/25/2017
Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] 10/25/2017
Rep. Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA-7] 10/25/2017
Rep. Culberson, John Abney [R-TX-7] 10/25/2017
Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7] 11/06/2017
Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-23] 11/13/2017
Rep. Costa, Jim [D-CA-16] 12/11/2017
Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42] 12/19/2017
Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3] 02/20/2018
Cosponsors Who Withdrew Date Cosponsored Date Withdrawn CR Explanation
Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9] 09/13/2017 09/25/2017 H7474

Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary04/03/2017 Referred to
12/12/2017 Markup by
02/20/2018 Reported by H. Rept. 115-572
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations04/26/2017 Referred to
House Energy and Commerce04/03/2017 Referred to
02/20/2018 Discharged from
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology04/07/2017 Referred to

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Public Law No: 115-164 (04/11/2018)

Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017

(Sec. 2) This bill expresses the sense of Congress that section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934 was not intended to provide legal protection to websites that unlawfully promote and facilitate prostitution and websites that facilitate traffickers in advertising the sale of unlawful sex acts with sex trafficking victims. Section 230 limits the legal liability of interactive computer service providers or users for content they publish that was created by others.

(Sec. 3) The bill amends the federal criminal code to add a new section that imposes penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to 10 years, or both—on a person who, using a facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce, owns, manages, or operates an interactive computer service (or attempts or conspires to do so) to promote or facilitate the prostitution of another person.

Additionally, it establishes enhanced penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to 25 years, or both—for a person who commits the offense in one of the following aggravating circumstances: (1) promotes or facilitates the prostitution of five or more persons, or (2) acts with reckless disregard that such conduct contributes to sex trafficking.

A person injured by an aggravated offense may recover damages and attorneys' fees in a federal civil action.

A court must order mandatory restitution, in addition to other criminal or civil penalties, for an aggravated offense in which a person acts with reckless disregard that such conduct contributes to sex trafficking.

A defendant may assert, as an affirmative defense, that the promotion or facilitation of prostitution is legal in the jurisdiction where it was targeted.

(Sec. 4) The bill amends the Communications Act of 1934 to declare that section 230 does not limit: (1) a federal civil claim for conduct that constitutes sex trafficking, (2) a federal criminal charge for conduct that constitutes sex trafficking, or (3) a state criminal charge for conduct that promotes or facilitates prostitution in violation of this bill.

The amendments apply regardless of whether alleged conduct occurs before, on, or after this bill's enactment.

(Sec. 5) The bill amends the federal criminal code to define a phrase related to the prohibition on sex trafficking. Currently, it a crime to knowingly benefit from participation in a venture that engages in sex trafficking. This bill defines "participation in a venture" to mean knowingly assisting, supporting, or facilitating a sex trafficking violation.

(Sec. 6) A state may file a federal civil action to enforce federal sex trafficking violations.

(Sec. 7) This section states that this bill does not limit federal or state civil actions or criminal prosecutions that are not preempted by section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934.

(Sec. 8) The Government Accountability Office must report to Congress on information related to damages and mandatory restitution for aggravated offenses under this bill.