#45: Sex Trafficking and the Internet

March 18, 2016

Backpage, the second largest classified ads website after Craigslist, has been embroiled in controversy and legal battles over allegations that its “adult” section facilitates sex trafficking and prostitution. Just yesterday, the Senate voted unanimously to hold Backpage in contempt for not cooperating with a committee’s months-long investigation into sex trafficking. Evan is joined by Randal Meyer, a legal associate at the Cato Institute, which filed a brief in Backpage.com v. Dart. They discuss Backpage’s legal woes and the Internet’s impact on sex trafficking. Can Backpage actually be a friend to law enforcement — not an enemy?

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