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Senate panel clears sex-trafficking bill with tech giants on board

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is a key backer of the bill. Photo: Cliff Owen / AP

The Senate Commerce Committee signed off Wednesday morning on an anti-trafficking bill that drew the ire of the tech industry before changes were made to secure its endorsement. The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, which reduces the shield web platforms have against liability for what their users posts, would allow victims of trafficking to sue sites that knowingly facilitated the crime.

What's next: It could still meet resistance on the Senate floor and a similar bill in the House is considered harsher on industry.

Go deeper: How Google and Facebook folded in their opposition to the bill

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