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NCMEC Urges Washington State Supreme Court To Allow Victims' Case Against Backpage To Be Heard
"I enjoy catering to mature gentlemen. My body is a gentleman's playground." - ad appearing on backpage.com confirmed to be selling a child for sex, as cited in NCMEC's amicus brief
Sexually explicit language advertising the sale of children for sex is a common business practice for backpage.com.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children filed an amicus brief urging the Washington State
Supreme Court to allow three child sex trafficking victims to have
their day in court against the online classified advertising website
owned by Backpage LLC.
brief, filed in response to Backpage's motion to dismiss the victims'
case, argues that Backpage enables the development of child sex
trafficking ads on its site, which results in the repeated sexual
exploitation and victimization of children.
In the past five years, NCMEC's Child Sex Trafficking Team
has seen a 1,432-percent increase in reports of suspected child sex
trafficking. Today a majority of child sex trafficking ads reported to
NCMEC involve ads posted on backpage.com. Clearly, it was not Congress'
intent to protect online companies enabling the sale of children for sex
when they enacted the Communications Decency Act in 1996.
Backpage's knowledge that it has created a lucrative marketplace for
child sex trafficking on its website, it has rejected most of NCMEC's
recommendations to help reduce the selling and buying of children for
sex on its website and has only made minimal efforts to curb the posting
of child sexual exploitative content.
sex trafficking is a pervasive and destructive crime. NCMEC's amicus
brief asks the court to allow the victims' case to move forward to
assure the fair adjudication of a matter so greatly important to the
safety of children across the United States.
NCMEC joined the Washington State
Attorney General's Office and the following nonprofits in support of
the child victims: National Crime Victim Law Institute, Shared Hope
International, Covenant House, Human Rights Project for Girls, FAIR
Girls, and the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women. To read NCMEC's
amicus brief and the other amicus briefs and underlying court papers, go