Federal judge okays delay in Village Voice's Backpage.com lawsuit
In an effort to cut down on child sex trafficking, Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire signed a bill into law this year. The law required that classified advertising companies verify the ages of people in sex-related advertisements.
Village Voice's Backpage.com which makes millions from sex ads, sued the State of Washington over the law. U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez granted a temporary restraining order which temporarily blocked the law which was due to take effect last week.
A hearing in this case was originally scheduled for tomorrow June 15, 2012 but Judge Martinez has granted a motion to continue the hearing until July 20, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. Judge Martinez ruled that the temporary restraining order shall remain in effect until the Court rules on Backpage's motion for a preliminary injunction.
While Village Voice tries to stop the enforcement of the Washington law, the count of young girls trafficked on Backpage continues to climb. Another minor has been found to have been sex trafficked on Backpage.com which brings the total that VillageVoicePimps.com has found to 133. Please let us know if you are aware of any other.
The breakdown by state can be found here: http://villagevoicepimp.com/sex-trafficking. Bookmark that page for future reference.