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Alleged child sex trafficking victims suing Backpage.com

Two alleged victims of underage sex trafficking in Massachusetts filed a lawsuit Thursday against Backpage.com, accusing the company of assisting in the abuse that occurred approximately 2,000 times by allowing pimps to advertise sex with minors on its website. The civil complaint…asserts that the purported victims…were sold for sex in Massachusetts and Rhode Island more than 1,900 times combined when they were from 15 to 17 years of age. Their attorneys at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray wrote in the complaint that the illegal services were advertised in the escorts section of Backpage.com…Elizabeth McDougall, general counsel for Backpage, defended the company…“We vigorously dispute those allegations,” she said. “We do more, to my knowledge, than any other online service provider to try to prevent the use of our service” for trafficking minors. “We work extremely closely with law enforcement to find and to help rescue victims and to collaborate in facilitating arrests and prosecutions of perpetrators.”…