Sunday, October 08, 2017
Sex trafficking laws can catch unknowing bystanders
While Backpage and Section 230 continue to provide legal controversy, zealous prosecution of those who incidentally, and perhaps inadvertently, assist sex trafficking of minors becomes a problem.
Truthout, in a long piece by Lauren Walker, describes a federal conviction of a young woman who allowed an underage minor sex worker in her mother’s apartment to change clothes and apparently have a sex act, as guilty of trafficking and is on a sex offender registry for life (link). The young woman says she was told that the other girl was an adult. All of this is fallout from the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
One wonders if allow one's Internet connection to be used without one's knowledge for trafficking could qualify as an offense.