Miss. AG Jim Hood joins effort asking Congress to fight prostitution and child sex trafficking

Attorney General Jim Hood today joined a bi-partisan national coalition of 49 Attorneys General calling on Congress to amend the law to help fight prostitution and child sex trafficking.

In a letter to key members of Congress, the Attorneys General advocated that Congress amend the Communications Decency Act to provide criminal jurisdiction to state and local prosecutors.

According to Attorney General Hood, the Communications Decency Act of 1996 was drafted when the internet was in its infancy.

The original purpose of the Act was to protect children from accessing indecent material online, but courts have interpreted certain provisions of the Act to provide immunity from State prosecution to online classified ad sites that promote and profit from human trafficking.