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USA: 50 women sue Salesforce over allegedly profiting from sex trafficking by creating customised data tools for Backpage.com

"Salesforce sued by 50 women sex trafficked on Backpage.com", 28 Mar 2019

Fifty women and girls have sued the software firm Salesforce for designing tools that helped traffickers sell them for sex on the classified ad site Backpage.com, their lawyer said on Wednesday. The lawsuit claims that Salesforce profited from sex trafficking by creating customized data tools for Backpage, which was shut down in April 2018 by federal authorities following allegations that it primarily sold sex...

A spokeswoman for Salesforce said in emailed comments that the company did not comment on pending litigation.

“We are deeply committed to the ethical and humane use of our products and take these allegations seriously,”...

The lawsuit lists 14 services Salesforce provided Backpage, including managing marketing campaigns to traffickers and pimps and creating platforms to help the site find customers.

The trafficking survivors, identified in court documents as Jane Does for fear of retaliation, are seeking compensation for “catastrophic” damages...

While Backpage’s role in selling sex has been in the news for years, it is not yet clear whether Salesforce’s services directly aided the trafficking of the women [said Bridget Carr, director of the University of Michigan Law School’s Human Trafficking Clinic]...