Close Down Backpage.com - END THE CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING!

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Children are young, impressionable, and the future of this world.  We love our children, trying to raise them well and love them with all our hearts.  But every day, children are being victimized by sex trafficking, and Backpage.com is a huge part of it.

If you're shocked that the site hasn't been dealt with yet, you're not the only one.  I discovered the answer to that when searching about the issue.

(For the information about the sex trafficking on Backpage, here is the link to what was the inspiration for this petition; please refer to Fox News Article link, as well as the other sources below: www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/05/01/prostitution-still-thrives-on-backpage-despite-site-shutdown-adult-section.html )

The reason that Backpage.com wasn't successfully prosecuted was because of the use of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, also known as Section 230 which reads:

"No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider."

In using Section 230, Backpage keeps itself from being liable for what users post on the site.

The site even has a Terms of Use page against the trafficking (https://my.backpage.com/classifieds/TermsOfUse). However, Backpage has known about the trafficking and illegal activity going on in the site and still has not fully done anything about it.  I still read mentions of Backpage's child sex trafficking in other petitions, not to mention that the site is still up and still has the dating section, and it is highly unlikely that the trafficking has ended.

Whether the site should be shut down or not has been questioned, because police can use it for operations to find predators.  A big problem is that Backpage hinders the police in ways, in order to cover their own backs.

Hundreds, even thousands, of children can be victimized very quickly after a post advertising them goes up.  Backpage's indifference to victims' struggles are wrong, and they need to own up to their actions and help the police stop the trafficking on their site!

Please help by signing the petition.  If you know anything about any trafficked children on Backpage, such as names and other information, file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (ICCC AKA IC3)!  You can also call the CyberTipline at 1-800-843-5678, which is an agency that focuses specifically on child sexual exploitation crimes and ask about Backpage!

We also need to come up with as many signatures on the petition as possible to send to The Justice Department and ask them to pressure Backpage with us to cooperate.  I have also called the CyberTipline and have requested for information on any agencies to send the petition to.

We can't let these children continue to be trafficked, and Backpage has hardly done anything to stop it.  It is a shock that despite the illegal activities that were found about the site, Backpage has not been forced to do something yet, nor has Backpage made the effort to resolve the problem!  These children are suffering under greedy people that don't care about their welfare or lives, and that is never okay!

 

Citations:  Please read the article, which provides important information about the issue the petition is focused on!

O'Reilly, Andrew. "Prostitution still thrives on Backpage despite site shutdown of 'adult' section." Fox News, 1 May 2017, www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/05/01/prostitution-still-thrives-on-backpage-despite-site-shutdown-adult-section.html Accessed 19 Oct. 2017.

"How Congress should fight child sex trafficking on the Internet." Editorial. Washington Post, July, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-congress-should-ght-child-sex-trafficking-on-the-internet/2017/07/14/b6d6a8a8-674e-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.71466b3d4768 Accessed 1 Dec. 2017.

 

Contacts to Help Stop the Child Sex Trafficking on Backpage!:

Internet Crime Complaint Center: https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

CyberTipline Reporting Agency: 1-800-843-5678

Message The Justice Department: https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice



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