This is an article about Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and how he wants backpage to remove their adult ads. Same old posturing from Village Voice Media but there’s a quote in this article that I would like to show you that shows how attorneys operate on an entirely different plane than real people.
First Amendment attorney Tom Kelley, who does not represent Backpage.com, says they have protection under the Constitution and through communication laws.
“Unless it can be shown that the criminal activity is so blatantly advertised that denial of knowledge of what is going on is just implausible, unbelievable,” Kelley said.
I went to my local backpage under the escort section and this is the first ad I found…
IM SUPER SEXXI AND SUPER SUBMISSIVE…IM HOTT,READII,AND WAITING FOR YOU.. ABOUT ME:: *ClEaN *DiScReT & CoNfIdEnTiAl •MY DONATIONS-NON~NEGOTIABLE
***CALL NOW!!!!***HURRY SPL WONT LAST LONG DONT MISS OUT!!!
AVAIL.NOW **ATTN** SPLS FOR INCALLS ONLY!!!!
The ad is accompanied by pictures of a woman in lingerie.
How can anyone not say that this isn’t blatant? I would say that it would be implausible for backpage to deny what is obviously going on. Do they think she’s having incalls for cooking classes? Or is she a submissive yoga instructor?
Yet badly outdated laws like the 1996 Communications Decency Act allow backpage to continue to make money from what is obviously and blatantly prostitution and human trafficking. There are supposed to be laws that protect the victims but in this society you can see which of the two laws takes precedence.
Backpage crime post #189
Prostitution/Human Trafficking post #776