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House passes online sex trafficking bill

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In an internet cafe, a site where cybersex is offered is blocked by the Philippines authorities. Photo: Jonas Gratzer / LightRocket via Getty Images

"The House ... passed a bill [388-25] that gives victims and prosecutors more power to sue websites that knowingly aided sex trafficking, adding a new level of accountability for internet companies," the N.Y. Times Cecilia Kang reports.

Why it matters: "[S]ex trafficking victims and law enforcement officials say the existing law, known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, has been too loosely applied by sites like Backpage.com, a site known for prostitution and sex trafficking."