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.”