The feds said the site's "adult" section was a cesspool of sex trafficking, but people in the industry saw it as the best, safest way to find work.
Free speech advocates warn that the disappearance of sex ads could have chilling effects on Facebook, Twitter, and other popular sites.
Classified website Backpage.com replaces its adult ads with a censorship message after Senate accusations of child sex trafficking.
After a long sting operation by the feds, the CEO of Backpage.com was arrested on federal pimping charges. While many see the site's likely shutdown as a win against sex trafficking, some advocates fear the move will only push sex workers onto the...
Prosecutors could have a hard time proving the head of the website is complicit in sex trafficking via the site's classified ads for escorts.
According to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 71 percent of child sex trafficking cases reported come from Backpage listings, nevertheless law enforcement seems powerless to stop it.
US Senate Holds Backpage.com in Contempt for Refusing to Cooperate in Child Sex Trafficking Investigation
Senator Claire McCaskill says she's "damn mad" after the site refused to comply with a subpoena, but the company believes the courts — not Congress — should decide the case.
Backpage, a website where escorts frequently post classified ads, just won an injunction against a county sheriff with aims to shut them down. This isn't only a victory for Backpage; it's a victory for the first amendment.
The ruling has implications for sex workers and victims of payment blockades like WikiLeaks.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's effort to shutdown Backpage.com has upset sex worker advocates who argue that online ad services help keep them safe.