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Backpage Removes 'Adult' Ads After Senate's Sex Trafficking Accusations

A Senate report published Monday claims Backpage concealed evidence of sex trafficking, executives knew about it, and, despite being sold to an undisclosed company in 2014, the beneficiaries remain the same.

by Tess Owens
Jan 10 2017, 6:00pm

Backpage.com removed its controversial "adult section" after a searing report from the Senate accused the classified website of "knowingly" facilitating underage sex trafficking.

The 53-page Senate report, published Monday by an investigative subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, contains three principal findings. First, Backpage concealed evidence of sex trafficking by "systematically editing its 'adult' ads. Second, executives knew about it. And third, despite the website's sale to an undisclosed foreign company in 2014, the true beneficiaries remain the same people who founded it.

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