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Child Sex Trafficking: Backpage.com Classifieds Promote Child Sex (VIDEO)

Attorney'sGeneral in 51 States Call for Closing

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By George J. Wienbarg , Christian Post Reporter
October 31, 2011|10:53 am

Another online classifieds website has been accused of human trafficking — this time it is the classified ads website, Backpage.com, which has been found to aid online human sex traffickers. And this time it is for the sexual trafficking of children.

Among other sexual services, Backpage.com has been found by 51 of America’s attorney’s general to pander to the trafficking of children for sexual purposes.

Child Sex Trafficking: Backpage.com Classifieds Promote Child Sex

Child Sex Trafficking: Backpage.com Classifieds Promote Child Sex

Owned by the same people who publish The Village Voice, Village Voice Media, Inc., children have become the primary victims.

It was in September of 2010, after several murders had been linked to Craigslist, that most of the United States attorney's general banded together to condemn the classifieds website from dealing in human sexual trafficking.

Now, fully 51 of the nation's top lawyers have issued a letter demanding that Backpage.com close its adult section after it was revealed that the company had allegedly been enabling the sexual trafficking of minors.

Tuesday, Groundswell, the interfaith social justice group sponsored by Auburn Seminary in New York, published a full-page ad in The New York Times and cited the arrests of adults who had sold minors for sex using Backpage.com as justification for the message in The Times.

The ad stated, "It is a basic fact of the moral universe that girls and boys should not be sold for sex."

The Christian Post spoke with Dr. Katherine R. Anderson from the social action initiative at Auburn Seminary who is heading up the initiative through the website Groundswell-movement.org. In an exclusive interview Dr. Anderson said, "We agree with the 51 U.S. attorney's general for Backpage.com to take down it adult section. Backpage is the leading publisher of adult on-line service ads."

"That it happens in other parts of the world is known, but this is a hidden issue that it happens right here in America," Dr. Anderson continued.

Most of the $44 million in adult ad revenues that Craigslist.com lost when their site voluntarily closed their adult advertising went to Backpage.com.

Video by Scott Liu
 

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