No, Backpage didn't really back down

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
 | 
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.

 

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What is your worst suspicion of the U.S. Senate's health care bill? (Choose all that apply)

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Appeals court upholds MS religious freedom law
Senate GOP releases its version of an Obamacare replacement
FBI: No 'wider plot' suspected in Michigan airport stabbing
Census: US growing older and more racially diverse
Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses
Student detained in N Korea is mourned at hometown funeral

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Why no one shouts 'Jesus is great' when they kill
Brown University teaching high school kids to be 'social justice warriors'
The unwritten law that helps bad cops go free
Citing no evidence, student editor claims: ‘If you’re white, you’re probably racist’
Professor calls white people "inhuman"

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
California dreamin' that they can get away

Calif. state sealThere is snowflake wailing and gnashing of liberal teeth in the second week of Donald Trump's presidency, but in California they're really going bonkers over a Trump presidency.