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Special report The CEO of the notorious online classified site Backpage, Carl Ferrer, has been arrested in Texas on allegations of sex trafficking, after a joint investigation by California and Texas.

But section 230 has become so broad, critics argue it has become a shield for criminal behaviour.

The US Criminal Code is clear cut: its opening line establishes that actively aiding and abetting criminal conduct makes one "punishable as a principal".

Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times alleges that Backpage is “the leading site for trafficking of women and girls in the United States.” The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says a majority of the 10,000 cases a year referred to it are Backpage adult classified ads.

A not untypical case involved a 15 year old child "being sold and raped at least five times every night for three years.” The NCMEC argues (pdf) that Backpage "actively encourages" traffickers in various ways.

The site provided “e-mail anonymization, forwarding, auto-reply, and storage services to posters.” “Backpage optimises the ability of traffickers to post escort ads by imposing less stringent posting rules for sex trafficking than it does for other ad categories,” the Centre argued in a recent court filing. Yet Backpage has been able to enjoy the wide freedom that the US government gave to online operators in the Communications Decency Act.

The genuinely shocking nature of the trade prompted calls for action from human rights NGOs, Senators, all 51 state attorneys, and was publicised by celebrities including R. The Act was hastily introduced as a response to a porn panic in the 1990s, with the goal of cleaning up online service providers of filth.

They testified that Backpage “implemented and perfected a business model that profits substantially from aiding and participating with pimps and traffickers in the sexual exploitation of children,” and deceived law enforcement. On appeal, they were supported by briefs from many groups including FAIR Girls, Human Rights Project for Girls, My Life, the National Crime Victim Law Institute and the NCMEC.