Nineteen Senators have written a letter to Village Voice Media, calling for it to end its role in sex trafficking through its company, backpage.com.
Backpage.com has gained recognition recently for its role in allowing pimps/johns to advertise their prostitutes- young women and children who have been trafficked from all over the world- through its website. While other sites, like craigslist.com, has removed adult services from its website, backpage.com continues to take part in human trafficking.
The First Amendment has its limits. Freedom of speech does not extend to child pornography OR the trafficking of humans. And if Backpage.com is not willing to alter its site, then it needs to be held accountable for what it is doing. International human rights guarantee people’s freedom from slavery and
If backpage.com- and its parent company, Village Voice Media- are not willing to alter its site to comply with international law, which says all people are born equal and free from slavery, then they must be held accountable. This is because there is no difference between the person who is physically trafficking the women and forcing them to engage in sexual activity and the person (in this case website) that allows these women to be sold through advertisements.
Original site of letter.