Juan Vargas Fights to End Sex and Drug Trafficking
Online marketplaces have become a major platform to buy, sell, and advertise for illicit goods and services associated with sex and drug trafficking. Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA) and Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) want to know more about how virtual currencies and online marketplaces are used to facilitate sex or drug trafficking. The pair introduced the bipartisan Fight Illicit Networks and Detect (FIND) Trafficking Act. This bill would require the Comptroller General of the U.S. to fully study and analyze the issue and determine how to best impede the use of virtual currencies and online marketplaces for that purpose. “The anonymity behind virtual currencies has made them a preferred payment method to carry out harmful and illegal activities,” said Vargas. “Congress must understand the full extent of how virtual currencies are being used to facilitate drug and sex trafficking and propose legislative solutions to fight these crimes.” More here.