On September 1, 2021, Jane Doe (D.R.) (“Plaintiff”), represented by Kenneth T. Fibich of Fibich, Leeborn, Copeland & Briggs, filed a personal injury lawsuit against Salesforce.com, Inc. (“Salesforce”) and Backpage.com, Inc. (“Backpage”), (collectively, the “Defendants”). Plaintiff filed suit seeking compensatory relief, along with disgorgement of profits, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest and costs, for allegedly compelling prostitution and trafficking of Plaintiff by Backpage’s platform and the technological tools, operational support, and continuous affirmative assistance, support and facilitation provided by Salesforce. This case was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas.
In the complaint, Plaintiff alleged that, “Backpage was the largest sex trafficking website in the world until it was seized by the U.S. Department of Justice and shut down in 2018. The key to Backpage’s dominance of the sex trafficking market was its relationship with Salesforce. Salesforce is a technology company that provides customizable software and personalized support to help its clients operate their businesses, manage their relationships with their customers, and market themselves to new customers.”
Plaintiff further alleged that, “Beginning in 2013, Salesforce entered into the first of several lucrative contracts with Backpage. Through providing technology and support to Backpage, Salesforce succeeded in greatly expanding Backpage’s business to become the dominant force in online sex trafficking. The relationship between Backpage and Salesforce endured for years, even while Backpage was under criminal investigation and even after its CEO was arrested on sex crimes charges. Although Salesforce knew that Backpage was engaged in criminal trafficking and knew that its own actions facilitated trafficking on Backpage, Salesforce continued to do business with Backpage until it was shut down.”
Plaintiff further alleged that, “The venture between Salesforce and Backpage left many trafficking victims in its wake. Plaintiff was one victim. Between early 2014 and mid 2017, Plaintiff was trafficked on Backpage and was repeatedly sold for illegal sex against her will. Plaintiff’s trafficker paid money to Backpage to post explicit ads through which Plaintiff was sold. The trafficking of Plaintiff on Backpage occurred during the contractual relationship between Backpage and Salesforce and was facilitated by the tools and operational support that Salesforce provided to Backpage.”
Plaintiff lists out four claims for relief. The first two claims are against Salesforce for Sex Trafficking under 18 U.S.C. § 1595 and Sex Trafficking Pursuant to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 98.002. The third and fourth claims are against Backpage for Sex Trafficking under 18 U.S.C. § 1595 and Sex Trafficking under Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code § 98.002.
In her prayer for relief, the plaintiff requested the court to enter a judgment for the plaintiff against the defendants jointly and severally, for all economic damages, actual damages, incidental and consequential damages to which she is entitled. Plaintiff requested relief further, for all mental anguish and emotional distress damages, restitution damages, disgorgement of profits and all unjust enrichment damages to which she is entitled. She further asked for exemplary, treble, and/or punitive damages, attorneys’ fees and costs of suit, with prejudgment and post-judgment interest at the highest rate allowed by law and all other relief to which she is entitled in law or in equity.
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Kenneth T Fibich
Attorney at Fibich Leebron Copeland Briggs
Houston, TX 77005
(#3) Request for Issuance of Summons as to Salesforce.com, Inc., filed.(Fibich, Kenneth) (Entered: 09/01/2021)
(#2) Request for Issuance of Summons as to Backpage.com, LLC, filed.(Fibich, Kenneth) (Entered: 09/01/2021)
Civil Cover Sheet
(#1) COMPLAINT against All Defendants (Filing fee $ 402 receipt number 0541-26981025) filed by Jane Doe. (Attachments: #1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Fibich, Kenneth) (Entered: 09/01/2021)
Docket(#3) Request for Issuance of Summons as to Salesforce.com, Inc., filed.(Fibich, Kenneth) (Entered: 09/01/2021)Read MoreRead Less
Docket(#2) Request for Issuance of Summons as to Backpage.com, LLC, filed.(Fibich, Kenneth) (Entered: 09/01/2021)Read MoreRead Less
Docket(#1) COMPLAINT against All Defendants (Filing fee $ 402 receipt number 0541-26981025) filed by Jane Doe. (Attachments: #1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Fibich, Kenneth) (Entered: 09/01/2021)Read MoreRead Less
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