Attorney Filed Suit Against The Largest Online Marketplace For Illegal Sex Trafficking
Zarzaur Mujumdar & Debrosse, a Birmingham based litigation firm, announced today that it filed a lawsuit on behalf of a child survivor of human trafficking. This trailblazing lawsuit has been filed against the website, Backpage.com, a website for classified ads, which facilitated and financially benefited from advertisements exploiting and trafficking child victims. The plaintiff in this case, age 17 at the time of her abuse, is suing Backpage.com for their knowing participation in her trafficking, which occurred in the state of Alabama in 2013. The complaint alleges that Backpage.com generated approximately $3,100,000.00 in sex ads in just one week and at times received ninety-nine (99%) of its global income from its “adult section”. Gregory Zarzaur, attorney for the plaintiff, says that “it is inconceivable that this is happening in our Country. That Backpage.com would not only turn a blind eye to children being sold for sex, but that they would assist their users in doing so is appalling. They see this as an incredibly profitable business and unfortunately, they’re right. The horrific reality is that in this venture, children are the commodity. What we are looking to do is remove the financial benefit of this illegal venture by filing lawsuits such as this and provide some relief to the survivors of these horrendous crimes.” A recent United States Senate report concluded that Backpage.com knowingly facilitated sex trafficking and that it is a market leader, accounting for more than 80% of all revenue from online commercial sex advertising in the United States in 2013. The report also states that Backpage.com deleted incriminating words from sex ads prior to publication in order to evade law enforcement and coached its users and employees requiring them to sanitize their ads in order to conceal the illegal human trafficking of children that was being advertised on their site. The complaint alleges that the owners of Backpage.com knew that its ads involved sex trafficking of adults and children and that they obtained significant financial benefits from these ads. As this lawsuit is being filed today in Alabama, other lawsuits are being filed nationally on behalf of survivors of sex trafficking. The Seattle based law firm of Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC filed suit today against Backpage.com on behalf of survivors of sex trafficking. Gregory Zarzaur of Zarzaur Mujumdar & Debrosse focuses his practice on representing victims of crime, human trafficking and child sexual abuse. Unfortunately, says Zarzaur, “most crimes are not random, they purposefully target victims, and holding the people responsible that commit them, or the companies that enable these crimes, should deter similar conduct in the future and help provide necessary compensation to survivors for their injuries.” Zarzaur Mujumdar & Debrosse is a litigation firm based in Birmingham, Alabama.
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