Catherine Cortez Masto Intros Bill to Fight Online Sex and Drug Trafficking
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) wants to know more about how the federal government can end the online drug and sex trafficking business. Together with Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), the pair have introduced the Fight Illicit Networks and Detect (FIND) Trafficking Act of 2018 to require the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on how virtual currencies and online marketplaces are used to facilitate sex and drug trafficking and make recommendations for congressional and federal action on how to fight the abuse of virtual currency to facilitate crime. “Since my time as Nevada’s Attorney General I’ve made it my mission to stop trafficking of innocent women, children, and illicit drugs,” said Cortez Masto. “One of the key ways I was able to lead that fight was by collecting the data that helped stop these criminal enterprises. Right now, these enterprises are using virtual currencies and the dark web to avoid being brought to justice. This study will give us answers and provide Congress with additional tools to disrupt this illicit economy. We need to make sure Congress and law enforcement understand how to fight crime in the 21st century.” The companion House bill introduced by Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA) and Keith Rothfus (R-PA) passed unanimously on June 25th. More here.