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“A closer review of that “moderation” process reveals, however, that Backpage has maintained a practice of altering ads before publication by deleting words, phrases, and images indicative of an illegal transaction.” The report continued: “Backpage had good reason to conceal its editing practices: Those practices served to sanitize the content of innumerable advertisements for illegal transactions — even as Backpage represented to the public and the courts that it merely hosted content created by others.” It is unclear if Backpage continues to edit its users’ more explicit posts.
The report – and subsequent shutting down of the Adult section – was met at first with praise from some in law enforcement and anti-sex trafficking groups, but other activists argue that the move will not stop prostitutes from posting ads online and will actually make sex work more dangerous. Government is jeopardizing the lives of sex workers to boost their political careers.” The future for Backpage and a prostitute’s personal page is unclear.
At first glance, the survey results suggest ample targets for Cupid among American adults.
Backpage did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment, but on the website's Terms page states that users must refrain from “posting adult content or explicit adult material unless” it is in the adult category, permitted under federal, state and local law and the one doing the posting is over 18 years of age.Most young singles in America do not describe themselves as actively looking for romantic partners.Even those who are seeking relationships are not dating frequently.The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said that 73 percent of all child trafficking reports it receives involve Backpage.Further, citing internal company documents, the Senate report said that Backpage altered ads before publication by deleting words, phrases and images that indicated criminal behavior, including child sex trafficking.
One thing, however, does seem clear: Despite efforts from lawmakers and law enforcement, attempts to stop prostitutes from using the internet to find customers looks to be going nowhere fast.