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Salesforce.com Must Face Texas Victims Over Sex-Trafficking

  • Judge finds evidence company provided services to Backpage.com
  • Victims’ negligence and civil conspiracy claims are thrown out
    
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Salesforce.com must face state and federal sex-trafficking facilitation complaints by several young women who claim their pimps repeatedly sold them for sex through Backpage.com classified ads.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Houston ruled that the women’s claims should proceed because there’s evidence Salesforce.com continued selling customer-relationship management tools and services to the internet ad company after law enforcement publicly accused it of running a nationwide online brothel. Backpage.com is no longer in business.