On August 23rd U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited the Oasis House to meet with survivors of human trafficking to hear their stories and discuss his ongoing fight to help end the practice of human trafficking. Recently, Senators Portman and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced bipartisan legislation — the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act — to ensure justice for victims of sex trafficking and ensure that websites such as Backpage.com, which knowingly facilitate sex trafficking, can be held liable and brought to justice.
“When I visit with victims of human trafficking in Ohio, one website always comes up: Backpage.com,” said Senator Portman. “I spent two years investigating that company and found out that they were knowingly and actively facilitating the selling of women and children for sex, some of whom I met today at the Oasis House. The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act was written to help hold companies like Backpage accountable and get victims of trafficking the justice they deserve. I am thankful to those at the Oasis House for sharing their stories with me today. I will continue to work for them in the fight against sex trafficking.”