The day will come when a nostalgia for the wild web exists, when the unfiltered nature of the internet during this day and age no longer exists. Whether the net will lose its neutrality or not is something that only time can tell. Even if it doesn’t come to that, we will still witness a restriction of what’s allowed on the web. That starts with the SAVE Act of 2014, something I touched on in last week’s column.
Slavery in the U.S. didn’t end over 150 years ago. Flaws in our laws allow it to happen within our own borders. The Senate needs to pass the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act of 2014. The bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives on May 20, would make it illegal to post prostitution ads online. It would also prohibit knowingly benefitting financially from commercial sex acts that violate laws against sex trafficking of children or of any person by force, fraud or coercion. The bill was introduced to the Senate on July 14 and given to a committee to be considered further.