Owens joins bipartisan coalition calling for DOJ to investigate OnlyFans for child exploitation

Yesterday, Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) joined Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-02) and 100 colleagues to call on Attorney General Merrick Garland to launch an investigation into OnlyFans.com, focused on the prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) on the website and specific actions taken to ensure minors are protected from exploitation.

The Members said: “With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing our kids to spend more time isolated and online, it is our responsibility to ensure children are protected from bad actors operating via the internet. Of particular concern is the website OnlyFans.com, which has become a major marketplace for buying and selling Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) in the United States, as well as soliciting sexual activity with minors. We write today to call your attention to potentially illegal activity, including child sexual exploitation, that this website is facilitating. We request the U.S. Department of Justice investigate the content sold on OnlyFans.com, as well as the policies, or lack thereof, that OnlyFans employs to report instances of CSAM or child exploitation on their platform.”

Read the full letter here.