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Directed by Mary Mazzio
98 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated
*Post-film panel with Erin Mendenhall, District 5 Salt Lake City Councilwoman; Nubia Pena, Advocacy & Prevention Training Specialist, UCASA; Terry Palmer, National Director of Backyard Broadcast; and moderated by Turner Bitton, executive director of Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
I Am Jane Doe chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their underage daughters who were bought and sold for sex on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice.
The film follows the journey of these young girls and their mothers who have filed lawsuits against Backpage, setting these children on a collision course not only with the owners of Backpage, but with judges, powerful companies, special interest groups, and Section 230 of the U.S. Communications Decency Act, an internet freedom law that has been interpreted by federal judges to provide a safe haven for website publishers to advertise underage girls for sex. These cases have, thus far, not gone well for these Jane Doe children, but have sparked a political movement and a Senate investigation. I Am Jane Doe shines a light on child sex-trafficking, a gut-wrenching reality that affects every community in America, debunking the myth that this crime only happens in developing countries.