Facebook must face up to sex-trafficking claims, US court rules


Facebook must face up to sex-trafficking claims, US court rules

The platform has failed to have a case, accusing it of being the reason women were forced into prostitution, thrown out

Malathi Nayak

Facebook must face lawsuits filed by three women who say they were forced into prostitution as teenagers by abusers who used the social media site to ensnare girls.

Justice James Blacklock of the Texas Supreme Court said in a ruling on Friday the women can sue the platform under a state law that allows legal action against those who benefit from sex trafficking. But he said they can’t pursue claims under federal law that Facebook failed to warn minors and take measures to block sex-trafficking activity on its site.

Facebook hasn’t put effective safeguards in place to block sex traffickers because it benefits from advertising to more than two billion users, according to the lawsuits. The women say the company won’t use advertising space for public service announcements regarding the dangers of sex trafficking...

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