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Sex trafficking case heats up online-ads flap:

This article is a follow-up about Brandon Quincy Thompson, 26, and his girlfriend Megan Marie Hayes, 30, of Tea, South Dakota who have been charged in federal court for sex trafficking on Backpage. They pleaded not guilty in court this past week but that’s not what I want to talk about.

The article details the ‘changes’ that craigslist has gone through and also details one Philip Markoff who the media dubbed the craigslist killer. However, I want to share a few quotes with you.

Backpage.com, a site based in Scottsdale, Ariz., and owned by Village Voice media, has yet to implement such changes. The site has 1.7 to 2.2 million unique page views each month. Representatives of the company did not return calls for comment.

Free-speech advocates argue for self-policing, saying too many ads are posted to expect forum owners to monitor each one.

“The notion is that the soapbox shouldn’t be held responsible for what the person on the soapbox says,” said Matt Zimmerman, a lawyer with the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Just because the law protects them doesn’t make it right. No matter what anybody says no one can tell me that craigslist and Backpage aren’t at least partially responsible for the child prostitution and human trafficking that takes place on their sites. After all, they do provide sections on their sites dedicated to it. They’re not called the human trafficking sections but they might as well be.

And all it would take is to remove some code from their websites.

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