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DoJ: Seized Website was a hotbed of sex, trafficking, money laundering

Joe Mont | April 11, 2018

As was expected and predicted, the Justice Department this week announced the seizure of Backpage.com, a Website it called “the Internet’s leading forum for prostitution ads, including ads depicting the prostitution of children.”

The federal raid comes two days prior to President Trump’s April 11 signing of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (also known as FOSTA), a bill that aims to fight sex trafficking by reducing legal protections for online platforms. The new law is an updated version of a bill that made it a federal crime to own, manage, or operate a Website with the intent to promote or facilitate prostitution.

Seven individuals associated with Backpage were charged in a 93-count federal indictment with the crimes of conspiracy to facilitate prostitution using a facility in interstate or foreign commerce, facilitating prostitution using a facility in interstate or foreign...

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