UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTEASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURIEASTERN DIVISIONM.A., a minor, by and through her)Natural Mother and Next Friend, P.K.,))Plaintiff,))vs.) Case No. 4:10cv1740 TCM)VILLAGE VOICE MEDIA)HOLDINGS, LLC., d/b/a backpage.com,)and BACKPAGE.COM, LLC,))Defendants.)MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This is a two-count civil action having its genesis in the horrific victimization of M.A.by Latasha Jewell McFarland.
M.A. seeks to hold defendants Village Voice MediaHoldings, LLC, and Backpage.com, LLC (hereinafter collectively referred to as Backpage)liable for this victimization. Backpage moves to dismiss the amended complaint.
McFarland was indicted in May 2010 for violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1591(b)(2)(prohibiting sex trafficking of children), 18 U.S.C. § 1952(a)(3) (prohibiting the use of interstate commerce to "promote, manage, establish, carry on, or facilitate the promotion,management, establishment, or carrying on, of any unlawful activity"), and 18 U.S.C.§ 2422(b) (prohibiting the use of interstate commerce to "knowingly persuade, induce,entice, or coerce any individual who has not attained the age of 18 years, to engage in
The case is before the undersigned United States Magistrate Judge by written consent of the parties. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(c).
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