Instead, at the close of the hearing, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio announced the matter before this subcommittee closed.
It would possibly be referred to the Department of Justice for further investigation.
The progressive Democrat occupied a Senate subcommittee seat alongside Senator Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana, who likened the Senate’s fight against Backpage to the abolition of slavery, name-checking English abolitionist William Wilberforce.
That day, the rest of the Senate’s agenda was packed: a confirmation hearing for Senator Jeff Sessions, the president-elect’s nominee for attorney general; a hearing for his choice for head of the Department of Homeland Security, General John Kelly.Yet Backpage was allotted two hours of time that same week, amid debates on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and investigations into the influence of Russian intelligence on the presidential election.But the Senate subcommittee did hear parents tell them about the lack of support for their daughters in their communities, about how one had been arrested twice.There was no discussion of how shutting down Backpage would remedy this.On his crusade against traffickers lurking behind lawful businesses, he has also set his sights on Planned Parenthood, who, in his words, is “trafficking in baby parts.” He didn’t even seek to shut the women’s health provider down, he merely wanted to end its federal funding.
Despite the efforts of this subcommittee to stop Backpage, Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota told those watching, there could soon be another site just like it.
Perhaps advocates are sensing, for all the years spent in this fight, for all the money spent, it goes on, and on. Like the war on drugs, is the war on sex trafficking by design a war that cannot be won?
As parents testified to the Senate subcommittee about their teenage daughters — who they said had run away from home, and who they later found after being advised to search ads on Backpage — it wasn’t clear what the war even was anymore.
There was no reference to the kind of rhetoric employed by anti-sex work feminists who had a hand in putting sex trafficking on the Congressional agenda 15 years ago.
Instead, they described daughters who had disobeyed them in running away from home, for getting tattoos or dyeing their hair.
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