Apr 9, 2018

Justice indicts seven people from classified ads site Backpage.com

An image on Backpage.com announces it has been seized

Screenshot of backpage.com

The Justice Department has indicted seven people affiliated with the classified ads website Backpage.com on a combined 93 counts, including facilitating prostitution and engaging in money laundering. A message appeared on the site Friday saying authorities had seized it.

The bigger picture: Backpage.com has been the subject of allegations that it facilitates illicit sex-trafficking. But some activists worry the shutdown puts sex workers who use the site in danger. Congress recently passed an anti-sex-trafficking bill that holds online platforms liable for hosting content that facilitates sex trafficking.

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