The Washington Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Tuesday in a case filed by three sex trafficking victims who say the website Backpage.com helps promote the exploitation of children, reports the Associated Press. A separate federal case against Backpage.com was filed in Boston last week. The firm argues that the lawsuits are an attempt at censorship. It says the Communications Decency Act gives it immunity from the activities of its members or users.
Lawyers for the three girls say they were sold as prostitutes in advertisements on Backpage.com. They say it and other sites offering “adult services” are not protected by the communications act because the sites are responsible for some of the information posted. (On Monday, Indiana authorities said that a suspected serial killer of prostitutes who was arrested over the weekend met at least one of his victims through a Chicago Backpage.com ad.)