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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

October 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Attorneys general target Internet sex trafficking

The Asssociated Press

SEATTLE — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee urging passage of a bill targeting sex trafficking on the Internet.

Ferguson and co-sponsor, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, sent the letter Monday. It also was signed by 53 state and territorial attorneys general.

It asks the committee to approve the Stop Advertising Victims Exploitation Act, or SAVE Act. The measure would add more oversight for websites that offer adult services – websites like Backpage.com.

On Tuesday, the Washington Supreme Court hears arguments that also target that website. The case was filed by three victims of sex trafficking. They claim Backpage.com helps promote the victimization of children.

Backpage calls the argument censorship and has argued that under the Communications Decency Act, they aren’t responsible for third-party content.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Bob Ferguson, Internet sex trafficking, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

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