Backpage.com is the leading U.S. website for prostitution advertising, generating nearly 80% of all the online prostitution advertising revenue. Law enforcement officials say trafficked women and children are sold on Backpage daily. The site is even actively opposing laws that make it a felony to advertise sexual services of children. For this reason, NCOSE has named Backpage.com to the Annual Dirty Dozen List of top facilitators of sexual exploitation in America.
The following articles document the sad reality that Backpage has become the number one virtual brothel, blatantly facilitating the prostitution and trafficking of women and children.
February 7, 2016
A Texas man remains in the Bexar County Jail on charges of human trafficking of a child and sexual assault on a child for forcing a 15-year-old girl into prostitution by posting ads on Backpage.com.
February 3, 2016
Officials arrested a 20-year-old man after he was found to be involved in the sex trafficking of minors and was in possession of child pornography.
February 1, 2016
McHenry recruited at least three girls under age 18 and prostituted them for his own financial benefit. He advertised the girls on backpage.com and in chat rooms.
January 13, 2016
Man pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy child trafficking by force for the purposes of prostitution, using backpage.com to advertise the women for sex acts.
January 11, 2016
A man sentenced serve a total of 326 months in federal prison on felony convictions stemming from a plan to recruit a developmentally disabled teenage girl to engage in commercial sex acts using Backpage.com.
December 7, 2015
A 17-year-old female was taken from South Station, Boston, and taken to Rhode Island for the purpose of being trafficked for sex. Provocative pictures taken of the victim were posted in advertisements placed on Backpage.com.
November 27, 2015
Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer failed to appear in a US Congressional Hearing on November 19th. Ferrer may face contempt charges as a result.
November 19, 2015
Backpage.com has failed to comply with subpoenas from the Senate Permanent Committee on Investigations. The subpoenas sought detailed information on Backpage’s practices — information that could show the extent of the website’s knowledge that minor children are being advertised for sex.
October 8, 2015
Local efforts to put a stop to online sex trafficking have resulted in numerous arrests over the past few months, and the city of Providence is now also joining a nationwide campaign against the website Backpage.com.
September 16, 2015
Teen admitted to two counts of sex trafficking a minor, one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor, and one count of felony assault. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the teen received a certified sentence of 15 years with six years to serve.
September 10, 2015
In Washington State, the state Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that Backpage.com could be held accountable for commercial sexual exploitation in the case of three girls sold on the site.
August 4, 2015
A man was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children, admitting he met a 17-year-old female on the Internet, convinced her to leave her foster home and go to Texas with him where he facilitated her engagement in commercial sex acts using Backpage.com.
July 12, 2015
Sanisha Johnson, 34, of Bronx, N.Y., was shot to death Thursday inside the Extended Stay Hotel in Burlington by two suspects whom authorities believe preyed on “escorts” listed on Backpage.
July 11, 2015
At least 495 victims of child sex trafficking in 46 states and D.C. have been linked to the online classified site Backpage.com, Shared Hope International says, a week after Visa, MasterCard, and American Express announced they will no longer be a payment option on the site.
June 2, 2015
Backpage is always touting about how they have all these safeguards in place to stop human traffickers and pimps from posting obviously criminal ads for prostitution and child prostitution on their site. Yet they accept payment for ads from such untraceable sources like pre-paid credit cards and Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency which is supposed to be a favorite form of payment for various online criminal activities.
April 28, 2015
A Miami-Dade man and woman are facing human trafficking charges after police say they forced a 17-year-old girl and a 32-year-old woman to engage in prostitution.
March 3, 2015
St. Paul Police rescued a 17-year-old victim last September at a home in St. Paul, Minnesota. The girl was listed on Backpage.com as “Ms. Juicy,” and an undercover officer set up a date via text messages.
January 20, 2015
The city of Portland is expected to join the city of San Francisco in supporting of a federal lawsuit against online advertiser Backpage.com.
December 15, 2014
Eleven men in a suburban Cook County motel answered an ad for sex on backpage.com and ended up in handcuffs.
October 30, 2014
Shocking information shows that for years now Backpage.com has been profiting from the exploitation of both women and children through their online classifieds system. But what is even more appalling is that, so far, the site has gone largely unpunished by law enforcement for their facilitation of this despicable criminal activity.
October 22, 2014
A website sometimes used by pimps to advertise prostitutes shouldn’t be able to claim immunity from state sex-trafficking laws because it doesn’t write the ads, an attorney for three teenage victims of sex trafficking told the state Supreme Court Tuesday.
October 21, 2014
A lawyer for Backpage.com told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on the website should be thrown out because the company didn’t write the ads, so it’s not liable.
October 17, 2014
Two child sex trafficking victims have filed a lawsuit against Backpage.com that paints a disturbing picture of how thousands of kids are sold for sex every year in the US.
October 16, 2014
In the past two years, Backpage.com has prevailed in barring enforcement of laws in Washington, Tennessee and New Jersey that aimed to hold online service providers criminally liable for advertisements that turned out to involve sexual exploitation of a minor.
August 8, 2014
Dallas Police Department’s Vice Unit, Child Exploitation Unit, and Northeast Patrol Officers rescued a 15-year-old female child sex trafficking victim. Pictures of the child had been posted on Backpage.com for the purpose of prostitution and sex trafficking.
April 25, 2014
Whenever the commercial sex industry gets normalized, what we see is an increase in violence against women and attitudes that support the subordination of women.
April 6, 2014
Law enforcement officers say websites that advertise escort services are one of the biggest sources for trafficking. One website that has come under fire locally and nationally is Backpage.com. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have passed resolutions condemning the site and calling on Backpage to stop running escort ads.
August 7, 2013
Fifty leading advocacy groups contended that the classified ad website Backpage.com “facilitates horrific instances of child sexual exploitation” and has refused to shut down its adult services.
Social media and websites have made it easier to be anonymous online. One of the most well-known online classified sites is Backpage.com, which is a very convenient and inexpensive platform for pimps to promote their business.
July 25, 2013
Attorney John Choi says all of the child-trafficking cases prosecuted by his office over the past two years involved backpage.com.
July 10, 2013
Revenue from U.S. online prostitution advertising totaled $45 million in the 12 months ended in May, surpassing a benchmark set when Craigslist abandoned its adult services section in September 2010.
May 19, 2013
Three sex-trafficking rings busted in three days in Central Florida. Backpage.com implicated in all three cases.
May 14, 2013
A website called Backpage.com took center stage in two major prostitution busts. Sheriffs in Polk and Pinellas Counties say the web-based classified advertisement site claims to offer escort services, but actually facilitates prostitution and human trafficking.
July 11, 2012
As a society, we must shun the attitude that there will always be a website selling underage girls and that shutting down Backpage only creates a hole to be filled.
May 24, 2012
A New Jersey man used coercion and violence to force women between 17 and 21 to act as his sex workers between November 2009 and June 2011, when investigators broke up the ring during a sting operation at a hotel in Omaha.
May 10, 2012
Although many ads are placed by consenting adults, others are not and stories are rampant of young girls seduced online by men who turn out to be pimps or sex-traffickers.
May 2, 2012
A group of 5 U.S. senators has introduced a Sense of the Senate resolution calling on Village Voice Media, the owners of Backpage.com, to end their facilitation of human trafficking and prostitution by eliminating the “adult services” section of their website.
April 24, 2012
By insisting on keeping up ads selling underage girls for sex, Backpage claims to be assisting lawmakers as part of the solution to sex trafficking, not to mention these ads make the company over $20 million per year.
March 17, 2012
Backpage accounts for 70 percent of prostitution advertising among five web sites that carry such ads in the U.S., earning more than $22 million annually from prostitution ads.
September 16, 2011
NAAG accuses Backpage.com of being a hub for human trafficking, especially of minors, and calls for Backpage to substantiate its claims that it has “strict content policies to prevent illegal activity.”