For Immediate Release - October 07, 2010

Attorney General Martha Coakley to Hold Hearing on Online Sexual Exploitation

Hearing Will Address the Impact of the Sale of Sex Online

BOSTON - Attorney General Martha Coakley will hold a public hearing later this month to address the public safety concerns surrounding the role of websites in facilitating human trafficking and the illegal sex trade. The hearing will be held in Boston later this month. The Attorney General will hear evidence and take testimony on how better to protect individuals from the dangers of websites that host sexually explicit advertisements.

WHO:
Attorney General Martha Coakley

WHAT:
Hearing to address public safety concerns surrounding online sexual exploitation

WHEN:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

WHERE:
Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA

On August 17, 2010, the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office contacted Craigslist to begin a conversation about this issue, requesting, among other things, that Craigslist remove its Adult Services section. A couple of weeks later, Craigslist complied with this request. Although Craigslist took down their Adult Services section, other websites continue to advertise paid sexual services. Violence, the sexual exploitation of men, women and children, and other public safety concerns surrounding the use of web-based advertising to facilitate the illegal sex trade industry still must be addressed.

As part of a comprehensive review of the efforts to address human trafficking and the public safety aspects around the illegal sex trade, the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office will be holding a hearing on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Suffolk University Law School to address the role of websites in facilitating human trafficking and the illegal sex trade and its impact on public safety.

Experts representing the many points of view on this complex issue will be invited to testify. Written comments may be submitted to agohearings@state.ma.us and will be accepted through Friday, October 22, 2010 at 4:00pm.

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