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Op-Ed: Another View -- John M. Simpson: Closing A Loophole On Sex Trafficking

One victim of sex trafficking began her ordeal when she was 15. She was sold through website Backpage.com for sex to men across Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine. She was raped more than 600 times over the course of four months.

Another victim was sex trafficked through Backpage for three years starting when she was 14 years old in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Over those three years, she was raped thousands of times.

EDITORIAL: Closing Loopholes: While Protecting Online Speech

Government restrictions on online speech should be undertaken with the greatest skepticism.

But when internet companies knowingly facilitate illegal acts, such as human trafficking, that’s not speech. That’s a crime.

John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog today writes about efforts to close a loophole in the Communications Decency Act that he argues has allowed a company to get away with profiting from the sex slave trade.

Does Consumer Watchdog Founder Want Asimov-like Rules for Robot Cars?

A virtual grin arose on the face of Harvey Rosenfield with the mention of Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics.

The mention was made during a phone call, but the overwhelming satisfaction of a smile was easily detectible in his voice during a conversation that had an otherwise ominous tone.

It was as if he had been waiting for someone to make a connection between a set of principles for autonomous vehicle technology he has authored and the famed robotics rules penned in 1942 by the science fiction author.