An online website, notorious for hosting ads advertising women and children for sex has been seized by federal agencies this week. According to a report released by a U.S. Senate subcommittee in early 2017, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children‘s data indicates that 73 percent of the child-trafficking reports it receives were related to Backpage.com. (azfamily.com, accessed 4/7/2018).
Congress recently passed the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, meant to crack down on sex trafficking of children. The legislation holds internet sites liable for users who post ads on their sites for sex trafficking. Craigslist.net shut down a similar section of their website on March 23 citing concerns that their services would be legally jeapordized under the new legislation.
I applaud the move on the part of Congress and the federal law enforcement agencies who conducted the operation… but most of all the 17 victims who persevered through years of failure to obtain justice under a convoluted interpretation of protected free speech used by the owners of Backpage.
Now a call to all men to end trafficking by ending the demand. We need to have the hard conversations with each other about why some of us make the decision to purchase someone’s life for an instant of destructive selfishness!