Sex trafficking legislation a bipartisan bright spot in US

US President Donald Trump speaks to Yvonne Ambrose, whose daughter was murdered, before signing the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 11, 2018.
US President Donald Trump speaks to Yvonne Ambrose, whose daughter was murdered, before signing the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 11, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

An advertisement on Backpage.com showed a photo of a 16-year-old girl with the words: "New girl in town looking to have fun."

On Christmas Eve 2016, the girl in the picture, Desiree Robinson, was found dead in a garage, beaten and battered with her throat slashed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 22, 2018, with the headline 'Sex trafficking legislation a bipartisan bright spot in US'. Print Edition | Subscribe