Judge Suspends NJ Law Aimed At Stopping Online Ads For Underage Sex

NEWARK – A federal judge in Newark issued a preliminary injunction to prevent a law from being enforced that is intended to stop online advertisements for underage sex, according to a Star-Ledger report.

“The court acknowledges the great public interest protecting against and prosecuting human trafficking,” U.S. District Judge Dennis Cavanaugh said. “But also understand the great necessity of upholding constitutional protections.”

The law makes it a first-degree crime to knowingly publish, disseminate or display an advertisement and photographs promoting sex with a minor. Proponents of the law believe it is necessary to force websites that offer classified ads to keep ads from promoting underage prostitution from appearing.

The Internet Archive and Backpage.com filed suit, arguing that the New Jersey law goes against existing federal law that grants websites certain immunity from liability for content posted by their users.

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