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Challenge to Online Sex Trafficking Liability Law Reinstated

Jan. 24, 2020, 6:31 PM

The operator of a website that allows sex workers to share information, and a licensed massage therapist whose ads were removed from Craigslist, have standing to challenge a website liability law aimed at combating sex trafficking, the D.C. Circuit said Friday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reinstated a pre-enforcement constitutional challenge to a 2017 law, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA).

FOSTA holds websites liable for intentionally promoting prostitution and knowingly facilitating sex trafficking.

Alex Andrews, an advocate for sex workers’ rights, has alleged intended conduct that’s arguably...

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