Shut down the UK's adult section of backpage.com
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Since she was 14, Tiffany says, she has been sold for sex, offered via hundreds of advertisements on Backpage.com. She is not alone.
Today in the UK you can go onto backpage.com and purchase sex with minors and victims of human trafficking. Backpage.com is a website that grew rich on classified ads for services like escorts, body rubs and exotic dancers. Far from being a marketplace for consensual exchanges, Backpage, the authorities say, often use teasers like “Amber Alert” and “Lolita” to signal that trafficked children are for sale.
Backpage's revenue increased to $135 million in 2014 from $5.3 million in 2008, and derived more than 90 percent of its earnings from its adult ads, according to the California Department of Justice.
In the fight against child sex trafficking, shutting down an epicenter like Backpage would be a major victory. Petitions against them in the US have prompted arrests and a few months ago the removal of 'escort' services from the website. However it is still in existence in the UK.
It is a disgrace that this exists in the UK and something must be done to remove the services from the backpage website.
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