The other day I posted about a 14-year-old girl who was trafficked on the Village Voice Media-owned Backpage.com. Now that same girl, who is now 15, is suing Backpage for allowing her to be trafficked.
The girl was trafficked by 27-year-old Latasha Jewell McFarland who has already pleaded guilty and is looking at prison time.
The girl’s attorney, Robert Pedroli, is aware that the Federal Communications Decency Act absolves most websites of content posted by its users however he says that the Child Abuse Victims Rights Act supersedes that.
“We allege they are the facilitators,” Pedroli said. “They provide an online safe house for these pimps and these johns to meet. They are aiders and abetters under federal law.”
No word on how much they’re suing for but I wish them well and I hope this will bring more attention to Backpage who isn’t even pretending to be doing anything about this.