U.S. Authorities Seize Classified Sex Ads Website Backpage

Federal Authorities Seize Backpage.com This is what visitors to the site Backpage.com were greeted with on Friday, April 6, 2018.

On Friday, April 6, 2018, visitors to the online classifieds website Backpage.com were greeted with a notice from the Department of Justice notifying them that U.S. law enforcement agencies had seized the sex marketplace advertising website Backpage.com – the second largest classifieds site next to Craigslist – as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and under the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act.

The recent action is being hailed as a significant victory by child advocacy groups and political leaders working to end forced prostitution and child exploitation promoted through online advertising. The result of a battle that has been going on for years in courts across the United States, and well documented in the movie “I am Jane Doe,” available on Netflix and YouTube.

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"I Am Jane Doe" introduction
Documentary About Child Sex Trafficking via Online Classifieds Ad Sites. Directed by Mary Mazzio and narrated by Academy-Award nominee, Jessica Chastain.

Any parent or grandparent, or anyone who cares about the welfare of our children in the U.S., should watch the movie and educate themselves on how a loophole in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has allowed online sites to engage in the sex trafficking of minors while making substantial revenue from advertising – mainly from pimps and prostitutes promoting sex services with children, and available in cities all across the country.