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House Passes Online Sex Trafficking Bill Over DOJ Objections

  • Bill bars operating internet platforms to promote prostitution
  • Justice Department says part of bill may be unconstitutional
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The House passed legislation on Tuesday intended to curb online sex trafficking, hours after the Justice Department objected that part of the measure may be unconstitutional.

The 388-25 vote came hours after Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd told House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte in a letter that provisions in the measure could make it harder to prosecute sex trafficking crimes.