For too long, websites like Backpage, that knowingly run ads selling underage girls, have escaped liability and justice. Courts have ruled that the website is protected by broad immunity from a 1996 law called the Communications Decency Act. When the law was enacted, the goal was to protect website operators acting in good faith who lacked knowledge that third parties were posting harmful or illegal content on their sites. Now it protects knowing sex traffickers.
Courts have made it clear that their hands are tied until Congress changes the Communications Decency Act to hold online sex traffickers, like Backpage, accountable.
Should websites like Backpage be allowed to run sex trafficking ads?