Missouri Attorney General Hawley Fighting Backpage.com Amid Senate Rumors
ST. LOUIS —
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is the center of lots of rumors of who will potentially challenge U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill should she run for re-election in 2018. While the rumors circulate, Hawley is also in the middle of a legal battle in his fight against sex trafficking in Missouri.
Hawley talked to The Allman Report Thursday via phone, saying his office's fight against human trafficking is his number one priority, not running for office.
Online classified website backpage.com is suing Missouri and Hawley for his investigation. Hawley says the lawsuit is simply a stall tactic and that Backpage is actively helping traffickers do business and helping conceal their identities.
Hawley says that not only does the site host ads selling women and men for sex who are doing so against their will, he says that Backpage actually tracks and assists traffickers conduct the illegal activity.
Backpage contends that the investigation violates the First Amendment rights of its users, but Hawley disagrees, saying that trafficking and prostitution is not a protected right.