Backpage.com is a classified advertising website that offers listings to find jobs, cars, apartments, etc. For years Backpage.com has been notorious for soliciting sex trafficking and prostitution through sex ads listed on their website.
Bad news for the internet freaks out there, the government is on a mission to get Backpage.com shut down!
According to CBS news, the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee voted to hold Backpage.com in contempt “for failing to to comply with a congressional subpoena into how it screens ads for sex trafficking.”
“We began this bipartisan investigation over nine months ago to tackle the growing problem of sex trafficking on the Internet. We have given Backpage.com every opportunity to comply with a lawful subpoena, but they have continued to stonewall…Backpage.com’s ongoing obstruction of this investigation will not be tolerated. It is vital that Congress learns how human trafficking occurs on the Internet and what can be done to stop it.” Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri said in reference to the investigation.
Last year, American Express, Visa and Mastercard issued a statement saying they are no longer letting cardholders make any purchases from Backpage.com due to it high mature content; which has increased tremendously since Craigslist had shutdown its adult section.
There has been hundreds of reported sex trafficking cases linked to Backpage.com. The advertising website, refuses to consent with the subpoena arguing that it goes against their First Amendment right of, which is freedom of speech.
Backpage.com, has to be making million of dollars off of their advertisements. In my opinion, the only reason they are not cooperating with the government in removing the sex ads is because they will be losing out on a bulk load of money.
History has shown that sex trafficking and prostitution, are two of the oldest professions known to man, and is a disgusting inhumane million dollar business.
A tyrant like Backpage.com will dare not give up their cash cow.
Allegedly, Backpage.com has a team that “thoroughly” screens the ads. Any ads promoting underage sex are reported to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which then turn the ads over to the police. However, the illegal ads that may promote sex trafficking or prostitution are not removed from the website.
The entire Senate must all come together and vote to hold Backpage.com in contempt which will be the first time someone was held in contempt in two decades.
What are your thoughts on this?
- Imari W