Children are bought and sold for sex on Backpage, the market leader for sex ads. Several of these children have filed lawsuits against Backpage. However, most of their cases have been dismissed under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from claims involving third-party content. Meaning that it is legal in this country to host ads selling children. There is now growing support in Congress to narrowly amend Section 230 so that victims of trafficking can sue websites involved in criminal activity. But Google and others have refused to work on this bill and have launched a robust disinformation campaign, claiming that the internet will break or that free speech online will disappear. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Please tell our Senators to support the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 and arm them with the facts.
Please encourage others to act by sharing on social media.