House Passes Amended Sex Trafficking Legislation

State and federal lawmakers have been grappling for some time over what to do about certain websites that promote prostitution and child sex trafficking.  One challenge in doing so is Communications Decency Act Section 230 (CDA230) which immunizes websites for third-party content (subject to certain exceptions) and which has been used to dismiss criminal charges…

SESTA Wins Committee Approval, Faces Hold from Senator Wyden

In January, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a report on Backpage.com’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking, but criminal charges against the website have failed due to the site’s immunity for third-party content (prostitution ads) under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA230”). SESTA Introduced In August, Subcommittee Chairman Rob Portman (R-OH)…

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…