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If Motels Can Be Held Liable for Facilitating Sex Trafficking, Why Can’t Websites?

As reported by the Star Tribune, a motel in California has settled a case brought by Los Angeles City for its alleged role as a hub for sex trafficking activity. Motel 6 has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by Los Angeles that alleged one of the chain’s locations was a base […]

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2017 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

Google Lobbyists Are Opposing Efforts to Amend a Law that Could Decrease Online Sex Trafficking

These actions come after reports reveal Google’s longtime support of Backpage.com, well-known trafficking website Today, Google lobbyists blitzed members of the U.S. Congress with this email asking them to stop their efforts to combat online sex trafficking by amending section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) in the respective bills S. 1693 and H.R. […]

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2013 Dirty Dozen: Google

Backpage Lied: Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Continue in Full Force on this Website

On January 9, 2017, Backpage.com “blocked” its prostitution advertising in America. Its prostitution advertising pages now greet visitors with the message: “The government has unconstitutionally censored this content.” This change occurred the night before Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer and founders, Michael Lacey and James Larkin, were scheduled to testify to the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee […]

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2017 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

Google Lobbies in Support of Backpage.com, A Known Facilitator of Sex Trafficking

Written by Margo Davison with Lisa Thompson A coalition of groups spearheaded by California-based Consumer Watchdog released an incriminating report entitled How Google’s Backing of Backpage Protects Child Sex Trafficking. The report exposes Google’s multipronged efforts to defend Backpage.com, a website notorious for facilitating prostitution and sex trafficking of women and children. About Backpage With […]

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2017 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

Washington Post: A movie about online sex-trafficking might actually get laws changed

Original Post: Washington Post It’s tough getting a consensus on anything these days, but child sex abuse and human trafficking are generally considered indefensible crimes. So who’s defending them? According to “I Am Jane Doe,” that would be Google. And Microsoft. And Facebook. And Yahoo. Directed by Mary Mazzio (“Lemonade Stories,” “Underwater Dreams”) and coming […]

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BREAKING: Google is a Mainstream Supporter of Sex Traffickers

Report Reveals Google Support of Backpage.com Yesterday a coalition of consumer and anti-trafficking advocates released a report documenting that Google has financially backed the efforts of digital rights groups to defend Backpage.com—a website notorious for facilitating prostitution and sex trafficking—from numerous legal challenges. The report cited evidence that Google and the groups it financially supports have […]

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2017 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

Newly Introduced Legislation Could Radically Decrease Online Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking and prostitution have extended online. It’s time for our laws to do the same. Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO) introduced an important bipartisan bill today to lift barriers that have been impeding efforts to seek justice against online facilitators of sex trafficking. This bill would amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). Unfortunately, Section […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

Investigative Reporters Find Sex Ads Remain on Backpage.com, After Site “Shuts Down” Adult Section

Publicity stunts aren’t the same as policy changes. Two months ago Backpage.com, an online classifieds website that’s under scrutiny from the federal government for its facilitation of sex trafficking and prostitution, “shut down” the section on its website entitled “adult services.” This change occurred the night before Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer and founders, Michael Lacey […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

Backpage.com Blocks Prostitution Ads in U.S. Under Pressure for Sex Trafficking

Backpage.com, a large classified ad website notorious for facilitating prostitution and sex trafficking, blocked its prostitution ads in the U.S. on Monday under mounting pressure for its role as a facilitator of sex trafficking. This marks a narrow gain for the abolitionists of commercial sexual exploitation. Backpage.com—one of the largest websites that hosts ads for the […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

Backpage.com’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking: Excerpt From Subcommittee Investigation Report

We believe this report, generated as a result of U.S. Senate committee investigations into sex trafficking on Backpage.com, is vitally important. Please read this Executive Summary, and the full report, to learn more about why Backpage.com is a top mainstream facilitator of sex trafficking. BACKPAGE.COM’S KNOWING FACILITATION OF ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Read Full Report […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

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