No, Backpage didn't really back down

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

man using computer in dark roomIt appears more likely now that Congress will move to deal with sex trafficking ads on Backpage.com.

The website has made hundreds of millions of dollars from classified ads, including those peddling women and girls for the purpose of prostitution.

One day prior to a congressional hearing, executives at Backpage dumped its adult section where most of the ads were placed, but many of those ads are migrating to other ad categories.

And four of those executives, and their attorney, invoked their Fifth Amendment rights and refused to testify Jan. 10 before a Senate subcommittee.

OneNewsNow asked Haley Halverson of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation if that's a genuine accomplishment.

Halverson

"I would say that this is a narrow gain for anyone who's interested in abolishing the commercial sexual exploitation," she responds. "It's definitely not the last step that we need."

The action by Backpage, she adds, is more like an encouragement to "keep pushing" to make Backpage and others accountable.

"Ultimately what we really need," Halverson says, "is to amend the Communications Decency Act, which currently Section 230 of this act has a loop hole that's shielding Backpage.com from being responsible for the content on its web site."

Backpage, she adds, is continuing to sell women and children on its website in foreign countries.

 

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