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Last fall, prosecutors accused a Miami preacher of trafficking young boys through Craigslist, as well as Backpage; he is awaiting trial.
But Dallas-based Backpage, founded in 2004 as an off-shoot of classified sections for alternative weekly newspapers, remains one of the most popular websites for hooking up prostitutes with johns, according to law enforcement.
In December, California filed new charges against the men, this time charging them with money laundering. Backpage’s attorneys could not be reached for comment.
Now, Backpage visitors who click on the “escorts,” “strippers” and “body rubs” portions of the website are greeted by a page with a blaring red headline that reads, “Censored.” “The government has unconstitutionally censored this content,” the notice reads, directing users to several organizations, including one dedicated to rescuing kids from prostitution.
It also says, “Protect internet free speech.” Classified websites such as Backpage and Craigslist, which allow users to hawk everything from real estate to used cars, have long been targeted by police for facilitating the sex trade.
Now, with the “adult” category gone, she posts ads on the “women seeking men” dating section. Every half-an-hour, Abigail uses her smartphone to upload photos of her scantily clad self, promising pleasure with a beautiful blonde.
Each post cost $1 but she views it as an essential marketing expense, ensuring that her photos shoot to the top of the page — vital to capturing attention on a site flooded with girls.
The Senate investigation concluded that Backpage knowingly profited from prostitution and the sexual trafficking of minors, increasing its revenue from $5.3 million in 2008 to $135 million in 2014.
The Senate investigation found the website edited out phrases such as “Lolita” and “Amber Alert” from ads, code words for minors that might attract law-enforcement attention.
“It’s a symbolic crusade,” said Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, an author and criminology professor at George Mason University who serves an expert witness in human-trafficking cases.
“They’re trying to get some accolades and look like the heroes.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that 73 percent of all its child trafficking report stem from Backpage.
In Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff Thomas Dart waged a public campaign against Backpage in 2015, posting a letter to credit-card companies asking they stop accepting financial transactions from the site.
The world’s oldest profession continues to openly ply its trade in South Florida and elsewhere.