The fight against human trafficking takes different forms. Law enforcement obviously must take the lead — and this prosecution is a very important step.
Backpage has been a hub nationally for sex trafficked minors.
There is a First Amendment right to create an on-line page for classified advertising. But there is not a First Amendment right to engage in conspiracy to break laws. All conspiracy cases involve speech by the alleged criminals: be they drug dealers, bank robbers, terrorists or pimps.
Some “Legitimate” businesses thrive only because pimps kidnap and enslave young people and women.
Our firm has taken a lead in filing civil actions by survivors against those who profit from human trafficking. In a pathbreaking case, Nakisha Chaney of Nachtlaw obtained a judgment of over $500,000 against a doctor who provided drugs to a pimp to keep the survivors under control.
Read the Huffington Post story, Backpage CEO Arrested on Sex Trafficking Charges