Human Trafficking Part II: The Crackdown on Backpage.com

By Janice Barlow The Door Slams on Backpage.com BACKPAGE.COM WAS THE LEADING PROMULGATOR of sex trafficking online advertising, both of minors and adults. It ran online classified ads which allowed those in the public who knew how to gain access to it (which was not overly difficult), to set up an “account”. The Senate had been investigating Backpage for some time, and was seeking a way to crack down on it and close it down once and for all. Backpage did not only advertise classifieds for prostitution, but it taught those involved…

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Human Trafficking in the United States Part 1: A Common Situation

By Janice Barlow Human Trafficking is not just overseas anymore. SEX TRAFFICKING of both young men and women and boys and girls has been a rampant problem in this country for many years. That’s correct. Not globally, but in the United States. Only recently has the issue begun to surface in mainstream headlines, and primarily on account of the shutdown of the website, Backpage.com, where men would seek out ways to hook up with these troubled and abused youth, many of whom were kidnapped. Although I was aware that this…

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