Attorney General Jackley Joins Legal Challenge to Protect Children from Sex Trafficking

jackley-logo Marty JackleyAttorney General Jackley Joins Legal Challenge to Protect Children from Sex Trafficking

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that South Dakota has joined 20 other State Attorneys General in an amicus or “friend of the court” brief, challenging a decision granting broad protection from civil liability even when it took active steps to promote sex trafficking of children.  Data reveals that   these children exploited through sex trafficking are typically given a quota by their trafficker of 10-15 buyers a night, and sold up to 45 times a day during high demand sports  events  and conventions.

“The internet continues to be the primary method of advertising for sex trafficking and South Dakota is not immune from these types of ads. It is an uphill battle when   sources like actively promotes and refuses to cooperate in the  prevention of child sex trafficking. Companies selling ads for profit should not have immunity for their role in harming children,” said  Jackley.

The brief was filed in the United States Supreme Court in the case of Jane Doe 1, Jane Doe 2 & Jane Doe 3 v. The brief argues that the Communications Decency Act does not protect a website operator from liability when it creates content that actively promotes sex trafficking of children by encouraging use of language that will attract customers seeking children for sex. The brief argues that uses language to encourage payment methods that make financial transactions with    the traffickers’ untraceable, strips metadata to impair law enforcement’s ability to  locate victims, and deletes “string ads” posted by law enforcement.

In 2011, Attorney General Jackley co-authored with Democratic Attorneys General Bob Ferguson of Washington and Chris Koster of Missouri, a letter to signed by 45 Attorneys General. The letter outlined a series of requests and specifically asked them to describe how they intend to stop the exploitation of minors. The goal for the Attorneys General with this letter was to find cooperation from to protect children from being sold with the removal of the adult services advertisement. has not cooperated with the Attorneys General.

The South Dakota Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit and their law enforcement partners from across the state continue to battle sex trafficking with law enforcement operations targeting sex traffickers.  Since 2013,  9 operations have been implemented statewide resulting in 39 arrests of those individuals soliciting minors for sex.

2 thoughts on “Attorney General Jackley Joins Legal Challenge to Protect Children from Sex Trafficking

  1. Anonymous

    Good luck. Backpage has been fairly bulletproof as far as 1st and 14th amendment proceedings go. Let’s limit SD’s actions to this amicus brief before we get stuck with the bill for Marty’s misadventures in polishing his image.


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