WHAT YOU CAN DO
My Life My Choice is launching an #IamJaneDoe Selfie-Campaign, starting on January 11 (National Human Trafficking Awareness Day) through February 10 (the date of our film launch). During this campaign, survivors (as well as supporters, advocates, community members, and others) will be posting photos holding an #IamJaneDoe sign. Join us on twitter and on instagram @IamJaneDoeFilm.
See the film in theaters
Please see I AM JANE DOE in theaters, playing in select cities beginning FEBRUARY 10. 50% of all profits from this project will be donated back to support services and prevention efforts for child sex trafficking.
CONTACT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Please go to Democracy.io, enter your address, and write to your Representatives and Senators a letter about this problem. Consider this letter: “Dear Member of Congress; Children are advertised for commercial sex on Backpage, which, according to a Senate Report, is the market leader for sex ads. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reports that 73% of all its cases of online child-sex trafficking have occurred on Backpage. Several of these child victims have filed lawsuits against Backpage seeking to determine the extent of Backpage’s liability for this harm. However, most of these cases have been dismissed under Section 230 of the CDA, which protects websites from third party content. However, in Doe v. Backpage, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that even if Backpage had engaged in criminal activity by participating in and profiting from child-sex trafficking, Section 230 required the case to be dismissed. The judges in the case specifically said that the children needed a legislative remedy. Meaning that Section 230 needs to be reviewed and amended to make it clear that judges can not dismiss lawsuits where the publisher is alleged to have engaged in criminal conduct. We do not understand how it can be legal in the United States to host advertisements of children for sale.”
CONTACT THE LARGEST DONORS TO THE CDT
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology, two high profile internet freedom groups, have filed briefs in support of Backpage in the cases filed by the Jane Doe children. Technology companies are the primary donors of both organizations. In 2014, the largest donors to the CDT included Google, Facebook and Microsoft. Meaning that the funds from these companies are going to support Backpage (against the Jane Doe children). Consider writing letters to the CEOs of these companies asking them to discuss legislative changes to Section 230 to incentivize websites to better protect children from online sex trafficking and other online crimes.
Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO. c/o Facebook, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Google: Sundar Pichai, CEO. c/o Google, 1600 Apitheatre Parkway, Mountain View CA 94043
Microsoft: Satya Nadella, CEO. c/o Microsoft, One Microsoft Way, Redmond WA 98502
@MissingKids estimates that 1 out of every 5 underage runaways is sex trafficked. #SpeakOutFightBack www.IamJaneDoeFilm.com
@HHSgov says kids are targeted for trafficking in malls, bus stops, and fast-food restaurants. #SpeakOutFightBack www.IamJaneDoeFilm.com
@MissingKids says that 73% of all suspected child sex trafficking cases have a link to Backpage. #SpeakOutFightBack IamJaneDoeFilm.com
We, too, cherish internet freedom, but need safeguards to protect children from online harm. #SpeakOutFightBack IamJaneDoeFilm.com
Section 230 is different from the 1st Amendment. See more at www.IamJaneDoeFilm.com
The law has not kept pace with evolving technology. #SpeakOutFightBack IAmJaneDoeFilm.com
HELP ERADICATE CHILD-SEX TRAFFICKING
SUSPECTED CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING
If you suspect a child is being sexually exploited or trafficked, please call 1-800-THE-LOST or 1 (888) 373-7888.