Backpage, a website where escorts frequently post classified ads, just won an injunction against a county sheriff with aims to shut them down. This isn't only a victory for Backpage; it's a victory for the first amendment.
The ruling has implications for sex workers and victims of payment blockades like WikiLeaks.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's effort to shutdown Backpage.com has upset sex worker advocates who argue that online ad services help keep them safe.
When Sheriff Dart took over the Cook County Jail, he didn’t expect that he would eventually be responsible for administering what has become the largest mental healthcare provider in the country.