human trafficking

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Petition to Google, Microsoft, Facebook

Tell Google, Facebook, and Microsoft to stop supporting child sex trafficking.

I was waiting to pick up my 15-year old daughter from track practice on an afternoon like any other. Minutes passed and then hours. I wondered where she was. Panic began to set in. My husband and I called the police, filed a missing person report, and started frantically searching for our baby girl. Only she was nowhere to be found. We were living every parent’s nightmare.  When we recovered her 108 days later, we were so thankful to have found her alive. But then we found out the details. Our sweet girl had been bought and sold on the classified ads site, She was repeatedly raped up to 15 times a day, all while hidden in plain sight on A website making hundreds of millions of dollars a year off of human trafficking and exploitation of young girls. After her ordeal, my daughter and I sued Backpage to determine its role in her harm. The biggest surprise? Two special interest groups, the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) — funded by tech industry giants Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and others — actually intervened to file briefs supporting Backpage.  These tech groups were actually defending Backpage’s right to host ads selling children.  Amazingly, the CDT and EFF have also jumped into other Backpage cases around the country filed by children. Support of Backpage by the tech industry has not wavered, even though a 21-month Senate investigation revealed that Backpage facilitated the crimes by coaching pimps on how to post ads to evade law enforcement. And still today, Backpage hosts ads selling children on its dating site and on other sites it owns and operates here in the US and around the world. Raking in hundreds of millions of dollars -- and it does this shockingly, under the protection of the law. Backpage has been protected by an outdated internet law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from being sued for content posted by a third party. Thanks to the efforts of these special interest groups supported by Google and Facebook, federal judges have expanded this law to protect websites that facilitate child sex trafficking. Will you sign my petition telling Google, Facebook, and Microsoft that defending child sex trafficking is unacceptable? Sadly, my daughter’s experience is not unique. We are not alone. It’s estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of child sex trafficked victims annually in the United States. And we need your help. We need your voices to reach Google, Facebook, and Microsoft so that they, in turn, are persuaded to stop supporting Backpage. They can no longer allow the special interest groups to jump into these cases. My daughter and I have been fighting to change the law that protects Backpage since 2010 and because Backpage has won at every turn, we recently told our story to Dr. Oz and in the new movie, I Am Jane Doe, to try to bring our experience to a larger audience, all in an effort to prevent others from going through what my family has gone through. It's time for this to stop. No one else's daughter should be sold on Backpage. Please sign this petition to let Google, Facebook, and Microsoft know that financing the defense of Backpage is indefensible.  Nicole S., mother of child who was trafficked through

Nacole S., The Dr. Oz Show
214,632 supporters
Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to Congressional Committees on Commerce, Science and Transportation and on Energy and Commerce, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Hold Websites Accountable for Aiding and Abetting Human Trafficking

Did you know that when websites profit from the illegal activity of human trafficking, they are not held accountable? In the event that a company profits from the sale of victims of trafficking (including minors), they can use Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act as a defense. Section 230 provides websites with blanket immunity from “third party content”. This was designed to protect websites from being prosecuted when someone visiting their site posts inappropriate or even illegal content without the site’s knowledge or approval. It was NOT designed to grant immunity when a website actively PROFITS from third party content.  Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now is one of several anti-trafficking organizations that are seeking a change to the CDA.  In order to stop human trafficking, we must take action to make access to this crime more difficult. Section 230 had good intentions, but it has been used to protect various companies that profit from advertising sex trafficking of women and children.  If websites profit from crimes such as human trafficking, they should be held accountable.  We must urge lawmakers to amend the Communications Decency Act if we want to see a decrease in trafficking and exploitation in the US. Join us in asking Congress to amend  the Communications Decency Act so that 1. State and local law enforcement agencies have the authority to arrest and prosecute websites that advertise human trafficking victims and 2. The protections that websites currently enjoy from being held liable for third party content when they profit from that content is eliminated.

ENC Stop Human Trafficking NOW
6,691 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Department of Justice, Isanti County, Minnesota, USA

Bring my oldest son home to his family and justice against our abusers.

Our abusers forced change to alter this petition to be more friendly to them so I apologize not much is left of the actual story and a picture even of my children. What they have done to this petition shows proof of exactly some of what we are up against. They want control so badly they falsely reported and got my children's pic and names taken down, even though 2 of my children are not under their legal control, and because in abuse the victims are not only not allowed freedom or justice but not even allowed to say our own Childrens name or post the only picture of my children I have of them together. My married name was Debora St. Michel, and after meeting and married who became abusive and controlling to my children and i, i was forced into legal hiding with my younger 2 babies as our abusers constantly make fake and wild claims against me in order to maintain control and keep my oldest son like a possession to try and maintain their perfect looking family as they continue to rape children in the very town i grew up in of hopkins minnesota where even police are either unwilling to investigate or who's hands are tied to help us have any kind of justice. My oldest son is trapped in abuse and being punished by pedophiles for having attempted to speak up about the ongoing abuse. He is being metally conditioned, isolated, physically conditioned, and abused on many different fronts including being refused relationships with his family and especially myself and his younger 2 siblings of which are safe and loved and well cared for by myself as I am an excellent mom. My ex and his immediate family have threatened my oldest sons death as well as my other childrens deaths and mine too if I reach out for help or speak truth or show the evidence I have possession of still to anyone. The justice system are our abusers friends in Hennepin county Minnesota and we need a change of venue to originating county where our case should have legally stayed as a legal change of venue away from Isanti county, because of an open domestic violence case, had never been submitted nor accepted. Even our divorce judge in Hennepin county named Stephen Aldrich was removed from the bench soon after our divorce for the very issues I have been speaking up about and please note that he was court clerk to a late grandfather of that family that was a judge as well and all knew and conspired against and preyed on my oldest son and I. Evidence such as testimony, medical reports, past therapist proof, and even a computer need to be evaluated by experts to show we are telling the truth and we need justice after 7 years plus of trying to get freedom and justice served. Please help us! Bring my oldest son home alive finally and allow us to begin to have a life not in legal hiding but to live without fear of the next rape or beating and death threat looming. God bless you for taking the time to read. Thank you! -Deb

Debora Cashin
863 supporters