Child sex trafficking victims sue Backpage.com in four states

Online classified site Backpage.com was hit with child sex trafficking lawsuits in four states on Wednesday, expanding a high-stakes legal fight over a law that shields a wide range of online publishers from liability for content on their sites. The cases allege Backpage intentionally created an online marketplace for sex trafficking and knowingly profited from ads for illegal sex with women and children. Backpage, the second-largest U.S. online classified ad service after Craigslist, has argued it is merely hosting content, not creating it, and is thus protected from liability by the federal Communications Decency Act.

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