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Multichannel News: Senate Commerce OKs Bill Targeting Online Sex Trafficking

The Senate Commerce Committee has unanimously approved the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, referring it to the full Senate for a vote after an amendment was hammered out that was supported by legislators and the computer industry. The bipartisan bill, which was introduced last month, would update the Communications Decency Act to clarify that Section […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

SESTA Gives Senate a Chance to Protect Victims of Online Sex Trafficking

On Wednesday, November 8, the Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to consider the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (S. 1693). The legislation would amend section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to protect victims of online sex trafficking.  It is the fervent hope of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation that the Committee will […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

SESTA Gives Senate Historic Opportunity to Protect Victims of Online Sex Trafficking

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, November 8, the Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to consider the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (S. 1693). The legislation would amend section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to protect victims of online sex trafficking.  It is the fervent hope of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation that […]

WFB: Harris, Feinstein Back Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill After Months of Silence

California Sen. Kamala Harris (D.) has announced her support for a bipartisan bill aimed at cracking down on websites that have been used for sex trafficking after months of silence on the issue and criticism from activists who questioned why she had not endorsed the measure earlier. The senior Democratic senator from California, Sen. Dianne […]

Washington Free Beacon

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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 […]

Issue: Sex Trafficking

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

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