Last week a federal judge granted an injunction against a Washington state law that would require sites like Backpage to verify the ages of the women being advertised in their adult section.
The decision U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez issued Friday stops the law from taking effect until the lawsuit challenging it can be heard in court.
I posted about the lawsuit here.
Judge Martinez believes that the ‘free speech’ issue may have some merit. I disagree but I don’t get to make the rules.
What I want to talk about is the unusual ally that the Village Voice Media-owned backpage.com has garnered in their fight to keep making profits on the victims of sex trafficking. That would be the Internet Archive, aka Archive.org, aka The Wayback Machine, aka the site you go to when you want to see how bad websites looked in the past.
Backpage and Internet Archive argue the new law violates the Communications Decency Act of 1996, as well as the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments and the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Yet they once again not only gloss over the Thirteenth Amendment but basic human rights as well.
Let’s not kid ourselves, this about money and nothing else. Backpage wants to make it off the backs of sex trafficking victims and doesn’t care who gets raped, kidnapped, beaten, tortured and killed to get it. Organizations like the EFF and now Internet Archive are nothing more than their willing dupes.