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Facebook Can be Liable for Sex Trafficking

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The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that Facebook can be sued for sex trafficking that occurs via its platforms.

The Texas Supreme Court ruled that Facebook can be sued for sex trafficking that occurs via its platforms. (Photo: Wikimedia)The 6-0 decision, handed down by Justice James Blaylock, responds to three separate claims from teenage victims of sex trafficking who became entangled with their abusers through Facebook.

One plaintiff was 15 in 2012 when she was friended on Facebook by a user older than 18, who promised her a career in modeling. Another was 14 when she was contacted via Instagram (purchased by Facebook in 2012) by a male user, who promised love and a better future. The third was 14 in 2016 when she began corresponding with an Instagram user, who groomed her for two years until convincing her to sneak away from home and meet him.

All three victims were raped before being ensnared in sex trafficking schemes. Each sued Facebook,…

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