The Virtues of Unvirtuous Spaces

32 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2017

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Alexandra Yelderman

University of Notre Dame - Notre Dame Law School

Date Written: May 10, 2017


Websites that facilitate sexual commerce have, in recent years, become pet enemies of some self-styled anti-trafficking advocates. However, this war on intermediaries should not be confused with an actual fight against human trafficking. The same pathways that may give rise to exploitation are no less available to law enforcement seeking to recover victims - a fact that recommends against shuttering these spaces.

Keywords: Backpage, Commercial Sex, Communications Decency Act, Human Trafficking, Intermediary Liability, Sex Trafficking

Suggested Citation

Yelderman, Alexandra, The Virtues of Unvirtuous Spaces (May 10, 2017). 50 Wake Forest L. Rev. 403 (2017), Available at SSRN:

Alexandra Yelderman (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame - Notre Dame Law School ( email )

Eck Hall of Law
Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States

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