WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) delivered remarks on the Senate floor today to discuss Tuesday’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) committee hearing on “Backpage.com’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking.” Portman, who serves as Chairman of PSI, led an 18-month long bipartisan investigation into the scourge of online sex trafficking along with Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). The widely-praised investigation produced a stunning report detailing how Backpage knowingly facilitated criminal sex trafficking of vulnerable women and underage girls and covered up evidence of these crimes in order to increase its own profits. “Backpage,” said Portman, “did nothing to stop this criminal activity. They facilitated it. Knowingly.”
Transcript of the speech can be found below and a video can be found here.