Monday, 22 October, 2018

The feds now own America's premier prostitution website

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 The feds now own America's premier prostitution website
Lisa Bryan | 08 April, 2018, 02:12

The FBI confirmed that has raided the home of Michael Lacey, a co-founder of Backpage.com and once the publisher of the New Times alternative newspaper network. We emailed both for comment, but they did not respond immediately.

"Shutting down the largest online USA marketplace for sex trafficking will dramatically reduce the profitability of forcing people into the commercial sex trade, at least in the short term", said Bradley Myles, chief executive of Polaris, an global anti-slavery group that runs the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.

In October 2016, the CEO of backpages.com, Carl Ferrer, was arrested in Houston on felony pimping charges after arriving back to the United States from Amsterdam.

"This sends a clear message to any other website who thinks they are going to pick up where Backpage left off, that they too are going to be held accountable for profiting on the backs of vulnerable women", Jimenez said. Ramos had urged people to boycott the website. He was then charged in California on a series of counts, including pimping minors. During the trial, investigators testified that Rios placed prostitution ads on Backpage. They say this legislation has conflated sex trafficking with sex work.


"Daisy said "...the government is driving workers to streetwalking. you can't properly screen a client in a back alley outside of his vehicle. vetting sites that escorts used to screen clients are being shut down. this will literally get women killed and raped".

"This is great news for survivors, advocates, and law enforcement", Sen. "This is evil, and this has been happening".

On Friday night, Dart told ABC7 I-Team that he was "very ecstatic, thinking that over the years, a website that involved sex trafficking, child trafficking, and prostitution had been closed".

This Backpage seizure comes just two weeks after Craigslist eliminated their personal ads following Congress' passage of the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), which repealed a previous law that provided "legal protection to websites that unlawfully promote and facilitate prostitution and websites that facilitate traffickers in advertising the sale of unlawful sex acts with sex trafficking victims". The law has been scrutinized for its potential First Amendment infringements, though it has not yet been signed into law by President Donald Trump.

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