SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a case filed by three sex trafficking victims who say the website Backpage.com helps promote the exploitation of children.
The suit being argued Tuesday is one of two taking on the classified ad website. A federal case was filed in Boston last week. A 2012 Washington law that set limits on Backpage.com was shot down by a federal judge.
Backpage.com argues that the lawsuits are an attempt at censorship. They say the Communications Decency Act gives them immunity from the activities of their members or users.
Lawyers for the three girls say they were sold as prostitutes in advertisements on Backpage.com. They say Backpage.com and other sites that offer "adult services" are not protected from the communications act because they are responsible for some of the information on the website.