Is Big Tech Liable for Rise in Sex Trafficking?

The Human Trafficking Institute released a 2020 Federal Human Trafficking report showing that “[i]n 2020, 59% of online victim recruitment in active sex trafficking cases occurred on Facebook.”

The question of whether Facebook and other Big Tech outlets bear responsibility for this horrific statistic faces strong debate in the U.S. legal system, most notably in Texas.

Multiple sources report Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg could face lawsuits from trafficking survivors after the Texas Supreme Court upheld accusations of the company allowing predators to lure minors into trafficking while using the social media platform.

“The Court ruled that the trafficking victims could proceed with lawsuits alleging that Facebook violated Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Chapter 98, an anti-trafficking law passed in 2009,” The Associated Press reports. “The underlying cases, originally filed in state district courts in Harris County, Texas, allege that Facebook, Inc. benefited from sexual exploitation of the ‘Jane Doe’ trafficking survivors.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News, Tiffany Benson

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