Mailchimp is the subject of a new lawsuit that alleges the online email marketing platform enabled sex trafficking.
According to BuzzFeed News, this latest sex trafficking lawsuit was filed last week in Georgia on behalf of a Wisconsin women who claims Mailchimp worked with YesBackpage.com, a copycat site created after Backpage.com was shut down for facilitating commercial sex.
The woman’s trafficker – who apparently withheld her identity documents and subjected her to physical abuse – allegedly received an email promotion for Yesbackpage.com via Mailchimp. He subsequently turned to Yesbackpage.com to advertise his victim’s forced sexual services.
“Here we have a sex trafficker who was looking: ‘Where do I go after Backpage? How am I going to sell this particular Jane Doe for sex?’” the woman’s attorney told BuzzFeed News. “Well, all of a sudden Mailchimp delivers the solution to his mailbox.”
While Mailchimp would not discuss the specifics of the lawsuit, a representative did confirm that the service no longer works with Yesbackpage.com.
The Mailchimp lawsuit isn’t the first time third parties have been accused of enabling sex trafficking.
Just last month, a sex trafficking lawsuit filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, alleged that Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and Choice Hotels Corporation were complicit in the sexual exploitation of a 10-year-old girl because franchises in the Bronx and Queens chose “to ignore the open and obvious presence of sex trafficking on their properties.”
Other recent sex trafficking lawsuits have targeted hotels in Atlanta, Georgia; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Houston, Texas.