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Backpage.com Seized By Feds

The US Congress has passed a bill that aims to make it easier to bring criminal charges against websites that knowingly facilitate or promote sex trafficking Backpage Appears To Have Been Taken Down And Advertisers Aren't Happy
Andrew Cummings | 07 April, 2018, 13:59

The website Backpage.com has been under investigation for several years amid allegations it was used to facilitate prostitution and money laundering. And in early 2017, Backpage shuttered its adults section - where sex worker routinely posted ads - while under pressure from the USA government. "Backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division". The Justice Department promised more information on this would be released an hour ago, but nothing yet from DOJ on possible charges or arrests. "We must keep working to bring perpetrators to justice and get victims the support they deserve". Embedded within adult sex ads on websites are a certain number of solicitations for children, anti-sex-trafficking groups have said.

Backpage has been under increasing scrutiny over its personal ads.

A report from a Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations chaired by Portman found that Backpage.com knew that sex traffickers and pimps were using its services to promote child prostitution, and its claim to be a mere web host for ads was "fiction". Until this action Backpage.com had been the nation's second largest classified ad service; $135-million in income according to the most recent figures. Some in the sex worker community have said that the site provides them a safe way to meet clients and that removing the site will make their lives more hard. Viewed narrowly, the bill allows victims of sex trafficking to sue websites that "enable" their abuse, but it raises a risky precedent for suing websites over user-generated content. The law is awaiting President Trump's signature.

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Rory McIlroy aims to join exclusive company with Masters win
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While the other four were acquitted by a Jodhpur court today, Salman was taken to the Jodhpur Central Jail from the court. The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Dev Kumar Khatri, while announcing the verdict, called the actor a "habitual offender".

Members of Congress have also investigated the site for its alleged role in sex trafficking.

United States law enforcement agencies on Friday, April 6, shut down classified advertising website giant Backpage, long in authorities' sights because of its alleged support of human trafficking and prostitution.

PHOENIX - Federal law enforcement authorities are in the process of seizing online classified site Backpage.com and its affiliated websites. The FBI confirmed that "law enforcement activity is occurring".

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