CLBR #268: Taina Bien-Aimé on Backpage and CDA 230

Taina Bien-Aimé on Backpage and CDA 230 Backpage and the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 Anti-trafficking Coalition Rebuttal to Tech Industry About Taina Bien-Aimé @tainabienaime / @CATWIntl Taina Bien-Aimé has over two decades of experience defending the rights of women and girls at the national and global level. She is currently the Executive Director of…

Backpage Closes Adult Ads After Senate Report, But Scores Win in Supreme Court

Senate Committee Releases Report Condemning Backpage Last week, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held a hearing to discuss the findings of its report titled “Backpage.com’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking.”  The report found that: Backpage knowingly covered up evidence of criminal activity by systematically editing its so-called adult ads. Backpage knows that it facilitates prostitution…

Harris’ Parting Shot: Expanded Complaint Against Backpages

On Tuesday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the state’s new U.S. Senator.   Before leaving, however, she continued her war against Backpages.com and its executives over the publication of prostitution ads. As outlined previously, Backpage has been under increased scrutiny from Congressional investigators and state attorney generals, leading to the…

Backpage Wins Partial Victory in Criminal Case

We have previously reported about Backpage  executives being arrested and charged on felony charges of pimping a minor, pimping, and conspiracy to commit pimping by California Attorney General (and Senator-elect) Kamala Harris and Backpage’s effort to get the claim dismissed under CDA Section 230. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman issued a tentative ruling in…

Backpage Invokes CDA Immunity in Fight Over Cal Criminal Complaint

Lawyers for the Backpage executives charged with pimping a minor, pimping, and conspiracy to commit pimping demanded that charges be dismissed on the grounds that the prosecution violates the First Amendment and is preempted by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. First Amendment Davis Wright Tremaine’s letter to Attorney General Harris contended that: The State cannot…

Backpage CEO Arrested, HQ Raided on California Warrant

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer was arrested by Texas authorities on a California warrant upon arrival at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport on felony charges of pimping a minor, pimping, and conspiracy to commit pimping.  Authorities also raised Backpage’s  Dallas headquarters. The complaint lists five instances of minors (four who were under 16) allegedly paying to advertise…