January 31, 2014

No unemployment insurance extensions and no comprehensive immigration reform is on the horizon anytime soon from this Congress. Minimum wage? Forget it.

But if you're a prostitute or escort trolling Twitter, you'd better watch the hell out. Congress is ON it.

Notified by TheStreet of its investigation that revealed that escort services were using Twitter, Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.) urged that Congress investigate. Smith sits on the subcommittee investigating human trafficking, which held hearings Monday on prostitution at sporting events, including this week's Super Bowl in New Jersey.

Addressing Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca of the U.S. State Department's office to monitor and combat human trafficking, Smith asked at the subcommittee hearing that he speak to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to initiate a crackdown on Twitter, Backpage, Craigslist and other social media "that are the conduit for this terrible exploitation of women."


Smith's comments during the hearing followed an interview with the TheStreet in which we provided the congressman evidence of dozens of escorts and prostitutes in the New York City area listed on Twitter in advance of this year's Super Bowl in New Jersey.

Following that meeting, Smith, who serves as chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, said he plans to convene a House of Representatives subcommittee hearing later this year, and intends to ask Twitter executives to testify on Capitol Hill to address the issue.

"I'm going to look at putting together a hearing to focus on Twitter," Smith said. "We'll look to do a hearing very soon."

Twitter has a lot of problems they need to address, but this is just a cynical play to pretend like they actually care about women's safety. I'm fairly certain they care more about protecting their own guys from getting caught in a sex scandal more than they care about sex workers using Twitter as their personal marketing service.

At any rate, aren't there more important things to do than hold hearings on prostitutes while pretending you give a damn about women?

[h/t Alan Colmes]

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