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Judge temporarily blocks Wash. sex-trafficking law

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By: The Associated Press

A federal judge in Seattle has temporarily blocked enforcement of a new Washington state law that would require classified advertising companies to verify the ages of people in sex-related advertisements.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez granted a 14-day temporary restraining order sought by the website Backpage.com. Backpage filed suit this week to block the law pending a judge's decision on whether it should be struck down. The law was due to take effect Thursday.

Backpage contends the law is invalid.

Backpage.com sues over Wash. sex-trafficking law

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By: GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press

The website Backpage.com sued the state of Washington on Monday, saying a new law that would require classified advertising companies to verify the ages of people in sex-related advertisements is invalid, even if it has a laudable goal.

Backpage.com led to exploitation, says suit involving 2 Pierce girls

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By: SEAN ROBINSON, The News Tribune
They were underage girls. Two were 13, from Pierce County. One was 15, from King County.

They ran away from home, into the arms of the wrong men: pimps who sold them online for sex. Scores of strangers paid by the hour.

Friday, the three young women sued the website Backpage.com, accusing the owners of profiting from misery.

The young women allege ads on Backpage enabled their exploitation, and the site’s owners did nothing to prevent it.

Washington State Attorney General, county prosecutors file response to Backpage suit

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By: State of Washington Attorney General's office

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and county prosecutors from around the state this week filed their response to a lawsuit from online classified site Backpage.com.

Backpage.com sues state over human trafficking law

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By: GREG ALLMAIN - Cartoon by Frank Schiers, Federal Way Mirror

Backpage.com, the website under fire for its adult services sections, fired a volley back at Washington state this week with the announcement of a lawsuit.

Backpage is suing Washington over an anti-human trafficking law recently enacted in the state. The move seems especially egregious to law enforcement officers, among them state Attorney General Rob McKenna, because of Backpage executives' recent claims of being allies in the fight against human trafficking.

NY Times – Washington is First State to Take On Escort Sites

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By: William Yardley, The New York Times

For more than three months, she was sold online for sex. She had run away at 15, gone back home, then run away again. Finally, an undercover police officer caught her, and her pimp. This time she went home and stayed, but she was not the same.

“She was a different child after that,” her father said. “It was like she was programmed. She spoke different. She looked different. They cut her hair, they dyed her hair, they bought her new clothes.”

Now 17, the girl is in counseling and in college, “on her way,” her father said.

VillageVoicePimps.com in the News

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By: Hawaii Reporter

Hawaii’s Sen. Akaka Joins List of Federal Lawmakers Critical of Sex Trafficking on Backpage.com
U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, has joined a growing list of U.S. Senators and Representatives concerned about Backpage.com‘s trafficking of young girls – a practice lawmakers said generates tens of millions of dollars per year for its parent company, Village Voice Media Holdings via classified advertisements. See the press release here.

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