Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KSDK) - Attorney General Chris Koster, along with 49 attorneys general, is asking Congress to change the law in order to help fight prostitution and child sex trafficking.
The attorneys general sent a letter to Congress asking for the Communications Decency Act of 1996 to be amended to provide criminal jurisdiction to state and local prosecutors.
Koster says when the act was drafted the internet was in its early stages, and was intended to keep children from accessing inappropriate material online, but courts have interpreted some provisions which allows immunity from state prosecution to online classified sites that promote human trafficking.
"To keep up with changing technology, federal law needs to be modernized to provide local prosecutors the tools to strike back against those who promote sexual exploitation," Koster said. "As a former prosecutor, I am familiar with the sad fact that many of those engaged in prostitution are underage and abused."