Appeals court rules sex trafficking law does not violate First Amendment

The D.C U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the law allowing states and victims to fight online sex trafficking. Challenges to the law maintained that part of the law criminalized speech that would provide such services as health and safety information to sex workers, advocating for particular workers and decriminalization. But the court said the act targets conduct rather than speech, illegal activity as it pertains, in the court’s words, “to a person’s intent to aid or abet the prostitution of another person.” (Reason, July 10, 2023, by Elizabeth Nolan Brown)