Sex Trafficking
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Backpage.com's days are numbered, Washington lawyer predicts

Human Trafficking
by Gaye Clark
Posted 9/08/15, 03:12 pm

Three young girls who say Backpage.com did nothing to prevent their victimization in sex trafficking and profited from their plight will have their day in court, the Washington Supreme Court ruled on Sept. 3.

The complaint filed by the girls’ attorney claims Backpage.com “knowingly developed a nationwide online marketplace for illicit commercial sex” and “developed a reputation for itself as a website where pimps advertise commercial sex.”

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Chicago sheriff wins first round in legal fight over Backpage sex ads

Human Trafficking
by Gaye Clark
Posted 8/31/15, 09:45 am

A Chicago judge last week sided with Sheriff Tom Dart in his fight with the classified website Backpage.com, ruling the outspoken lawman didn’t have to retract statements he made to Visa and MasterCard about the site’s alleged role in sex trafficking.

In issuing his decision, U.S. District Judge John Tharp noted the website’s adult services section “overwhelmingly contains advertisements for prostitution, including the prostitution of minors.”

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Amnesty International's gift to sex traffickers

Human Trafficking
by Gaye Clark
Posted 8/14/15, 04:32 pm

Amnesty International voted Tuesday to recommend a policy calling for the decriminalization of all aspects of adult, consensual sex work, including buying sex and operating a brothel. The group claims the new policy on sex work was based on two years of research from the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and UN Women.   

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