Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaDemocrats pledge sharp turn in US ties with Saudi ArabiaSanders doubles down on Bolivia ‘coup,’ few follow suitDemocratic lawmaker: It ‘defies logic’ for Trump to push Ukraine to investigate BidenMORE (D-Calif.) said Monday that he will introduce legislation calling for a study on the effects of a recent sex-trafficking laws effects on free speech and the safety of sex workers.

The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Acts, collectively known as FOSTA-SESTA, makes it illegal to knowingly assist or facilitate sex trafficking and excludes advertisements for sex work from the Communications Decency Acts safe harbor rule.

The law passed with bipartisan support in 2018, with only Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMcConnell says he’s ‘honored’ to be WholeFoods Magazine’s 2019 ‘Person of the Year’The Hill’s Morning Report Schiff: Clear evidence of a quid pro quoTrump steps up GOP charm offensive as impeachment loomsMORE (R-Ky.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenEnhancing protections for sensitive information in congressional investigationsMcConnell says he’s ‘honored’ to be WholeFoods Magazine’s 2019 ‘Person of the Year’Warren bill would revoke Medals of Honor for Wounded Knee massacreMORE (D-Ore.), voting against it in the Senate, but both free speech organizations and sex workers have criticized the measure.

The law was supposed to prevent online sex trafficking, but instead criminalized online sex work and suppressed free speech, Khanna tweeted, saying his proposal would commission a National Institutes of Health study on its effects.

I will be introducing a bill calling on the @NIH to conduct a study assessing the way #SESTA-#FOSTA has impacted the health and safety of sex workers

Why? The law was supposed to prevent online sex trafficking, but instead criminalized online sex work and suppressed free speech.

Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna) December 2, 2019

The laws provisions on online speech, he added, also deprived sex workers of a method they could use to screen out potentially dangerous clients.

Prior to SESTA-FOSTA, sex workers used websites to screen clients. Now those sites are illegal, and sex workers cant take safety measures like screening a potential clients social media, prearranging a public meeting spot, or sharing their location with friends, he tweeted.

We need a better understanding of how the shutting down of these websites has endangered sex workers, Khanna added.

We need a better understanding of how the shutting down of these websites has endangered sex workers.https://t.co/Sqrw2lFXfn

Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna) December 2, 2019