The Washington state Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday going after classified advertising companies that don’t demand ID before allowing sex-related ads to be posted online.
Speaking on the Senate floor, proponents said the bill would pressure companies selling sex ads online to attempt to verify the ages of those depicted.
“This is for our kids,” said Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, who added she hopes other states follow Washington’s lead.
The bill, SB 6251, now goes to the House.
The bill’s primary target is Backpage.com, which operates a robust online clearinghouse for sex escorts.