Backpage.com shuts down its ‘adult’ section
just got backed into a corner over sex trafficking.
The classified ads site has abruptly shut its “adult” section, bowing to a campaign by state and federal officials to close a service they contend promotes prostitution and human trafficking.
The surprise move on Monday came hours after a US Senate subcommittee released a report accusing Backpage of actively editing posts on the site to remove evidence of child sex trafficking.
In announcing its decision, Backpage said it was the victim of government censorship. Backpage attorneys said executives would appear at a subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, but would not testify.
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