Concerning backpage.com

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The Shadow
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Concerning backpage.com

Post by The Shadow » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:23 pm

Several news stories have surfaced in the past year concerning the adult section of backpage.com:

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/158383545.html

Specifically, allegations are being made that backpage.com is enabling sex traffickers to exploit minors. While this activity represents only a small section of their website, it has been noted on their WOT profile page.

The site owners claim that they are working to stop this practice. However, the exploitation of minors continues.

Please review all available information and rate accordingly.

https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/backpage.com


Mr_Rick
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RE: Concerning backpage.com

Post by Mr_Rick » Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:13 pm

It gets worse:

Backpage.com Obtains Order Blocking Sex Trafficking Law

"Siding with Backpage.com, a federal judge in Washington has blocked a new criminal law aimed at curbing sex trafficking of minors.

The law, which had been slated to take effect on Thursday, makes it a felony for Web site operators to allow users to post ads for "commercial sexual acts," when those ads contain images of minors. The Village Voice Media's Backpage.com filed papers earlier this week asking the federal court to declare the law invalid."

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/176291/backpagecom-obtains-order-blocking-sex-traffickin.html

Rated.

The Shadow
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RE: Concerning backpage.com

Post by The Shadow » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:17 pm

Thank you for the information. But this legal action is a separate side issue and should not affect the overall rating of the site.

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RE: Concerning backpage.com

Post by MysteryFCM » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:40 pm

The allegations have been investigated by a friend in LE, and so far, no evidence has been found to support the claims.

The Shadow
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RE: Concerning backpage.com

Post by The Shadow » Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:09 pm

Further evidence for consideration:

Backpage boasts 400 child sex ads reported monthly: More trafficked minors found

"Nevertheless, there are still children being trafficked through the online ads of Backpage.com. Sheryl*, an employee at a national treatment center* for girls rescued from sex trafficking, regularly monitors the adult section of Backpage. She has recently identified two of the former residents of the facility. The pictures were turned over to the police and the teen girls were found and apprehended. In addition, a third girl, age 15, and the pimp were brought into custody."

From: http://www.examiner.com/article/backpage-boasts-400-child-sex-ads-reported-monthly-more-trafficked-minors-found

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Boycott Village Voice Media? Senators and Clergy Push for Action on Backpage.com

"Has Village Voice Media no shame?

The answer seems to be no. They know they are helping sex traffickers sell kidnapped girls, and they don’t care. But a coalition of clergy and a group of U.S. senators are banking on the fact that their advertisers have the moral core VVM lacks."

From: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/19/boycott-village-voice-senators-push-for-action-on-backpage-com.html

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Detectives Recover Three 15-Year-Olds In Backpage Prostitution Stings

"Tukwila police and Seattle Police Department’s Vice High-Risk Victims Unit recovered three 15-year-old girls in SeaTac in two prostitution stings on Backpage.com last week."

From: http://publicola.com/2011/09/28/detectives-recover-three-15-year-olds-in-backpage-prostitution-stings/

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Atlanta Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking of Minors

"Demetrius Homer Advertised Juveniles on Backpage.com

DEMETRIUS DARNELL HOMER, a/k/a “Cateye,” 30, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Orinda Evans to federal prison on charges of sex trafficking of a minor."

From: http://www.fbi.gov/atlanta/press-releases/2011/atlanta-man-sentenced-for-sex-trafficking-of-minors

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Girls Sold for Sex Online, Backpage Defends Decision to Keep Ads Up

"'I made my pimp about over $30,000 and I got nothing out of it,' said Megan, who is just 17. 'The most I've gotten is a pair of heels.'

Megan's pimp did not make her walk the streets, she said. Instead, he advertised her online in the adult services section of the nationwide classified website, Backpage.com."

From: http://abcnews.go.com/US/girls-sold-sex-online-backpage-defends-decision-ads/story?id=16193220

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It’s an uphill fight, but officials right to go after backpage.com

"Attorneys general from practically every state in the union have sent a letter to an online classified advertising site in hopes of convincing backpage.com to stop accepting escort advertisements which are sometimes used to traffic child prostitutes."

From: http://www.theolympian.com/2011/09/08/v-print/1790463/its-an-uphill-fight-but-officials.html

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Sex-trafficking Minors. backpage.com

"Sold on Backpage.com at 16
Nicholas D. Kristof meets a former child prostitute."

See video.

From: http://villagevoicepimp.com/taxonomy/term/227

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H.Res. 649: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should work to eliminate the facilitated sexual exploitation ...

...and trafficking of minors over the Internet.

"Whereas according to the classified advertising consultant Advanced Interactive Media Group (AIM Group), Backpage.com is the leading United States website for prostitution advertising;

Whereas the National Association of Attorneys General tracked more than 50 cases in which charges were filed against persons who were trafficking or attempting to traffic minors on Backpage.com;

Whereas according to AIM Group, Backpage.com earned an estimated $26,000,000 from prostitution advertisements between February 2011 and February 2012;"

From: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hres649/text


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