The online classified website Back. A Senate report called the website the "largest commercial sex services advertising platform in the United States" and said that "Back officials have publicly acknowledged that criminals use the website for sex trafficking, including trafficking of minors.
Listen Listening The Washington Supreme Court has ruled a lawsuit against Back. The lawsuit alleges Back was complicit in the sex trafficking of minors. The fate of a human-trafficking lawsuit against Back.
The justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that involves three underage victims of sex trafficking. The justices must decide if the lawsuit can proceed. Mayors of nearly 50 cities across the country are urging Village Voice Media to require identification for people posting escort on its Back.
Washington state has become the first in the nation to require verification of age for online that promote sex-related services, such as the escort that appear in back. The bill, Senate Billwas among a dozen anti-trafficking bills ed into law by Washington Governor Chris Gregoire today.
The measure is primarily targeted at Back.
The company has defended its policies but lawmakers in Olympia are considering new requirements for the site. They are also considering more funding for anti-prostitution programs.
And they plan to get the extra money from the Johns and pimps themselves. The bill was one of a dozen introduced by a bipartisan group of senators seeking to curb sex trafficking.
Listen Live. Sex Trafficking Lawsuit Against Back. Austin Jenkins.
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