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Woman sues Facebook, claims site encourages pimps


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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A Texas woman, claiming that she was raped, beaten and sex trafficked at the age of 15 by a pimp who posed as a Facebook “friend,” has filed suit against the social network.

The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, alleged Facebook executives knew minors were being lured into the sex trade on their platform.

Doe, in court papers, filed in Harris County District Court in Houston on Monday, also named as defendants the now-shuttered classified ads website and its founders.

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However, Facebook did not respond to a request by Reuters for comment.

Attorneys for and the former employees named in the lawsuit as defendants also did not return calls for comment.

According to the lawsuit, the woman was “friended” on Facebook in 2012 by a user who appeared to know several of her real-life friends.

According to the lawsuit, the man messaged her through Facebook.

The lawsuit alleged that at one point following an argument with her mother, the trafficker offered to console her, but after picking her up from her home he beat and raped her and took pictures that were posted on

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The lawsuit says Facebook did not do enough to verify the user’s identity, which the lawsuit said was false, and that Jane Doe was never warned that sex traffickers were operating on the social media network.

The plaintiff’s attorneys, David Harris and Louie Cook of the law firm Sico Hoelscher Harris LLP in Houston, did not reply to requests for comment.

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