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Website executives argued the site only hosts content created by users and is protected from liability by the Communications Decency Act, a federal law that protects free speech.The court papers also cite two cases in December 2011 and February 2014 where Portland police investigated cases of sex trafficking at the northeast Portland Doubletree Hotel, including one involving a man who trafficked Benson.Backpage also failed to prevent sex trafficking and prostitution on its site and changes user-generated ads to avoid censorship guidelines, the lawsuit said. Senate found found the website regularly edited ads in its adult section to remove "hundreds of words indicative of sex trafficking..prostitution" before they were published.Yoon strangled Benson in an eighth-floor stairwell at the hotel that day or the next, court records show. The lawsuit alleges the Hilton hotel chain and Backpage should be liable for damages including negligence and wrongful death for failing to protect Benson, the suit said.
"Sex trafficking is an epidemic in our city largely because of companies who turn a blind eye to it for the sake of profit," said attorney Andrew Lauersdorf, who along with Janis Puracal and Joel Shapiro represent Benson's estate in the lawsuit.
He used a stolen identity to check into the Double Tree on Christmas Day 2014 and lure Benson there, the lawsuit said.