Utah and Arkansas First States to Enact Legislation Criminalizing Cyber-Sexual Extortion (“Sextortion”)

New York, NY, March 30, 2017,—Utah and Arkansas have enacted the nation’s first pieces of legislation designed to expressly criminalize acts of “sextortion,” or cyber-sexual extortion. The Arkansas statute became law Wednesday, following closely after Utah’s legislation, which was signed by the governor on March 25.

BOIES, SCHILLER & FLEXNER + LEGAL MOMENTUM URGE US SUPREME COURT TO TAKE UP CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING CASE

Legal Momentum—The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, represented by Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a case against Backpage.com for facilitating the buying and selling of children for sex. The case is Jane Doe et al. v. Backpage.com LLC, in which the website Backpage.com is charged with knowingly profiting from the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Legal Momentum, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Orrick spearhead a call to action

Legal Momentum, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe spearhead a call to action with legislators, FBI representatives, and advocates to end sextortion, a growing form of cyber-crime against women and children.

On Wednesday, September 21, Legal Momentum will host a program at the Roosevelt House in New York City to shed light on an insidious form of cyber-violence known as “sextortion,” which the FBI has called “by far the most significantly growing threat to children.” Sextortion is a form of extortion where sex or sexual images, rather than money,

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