Backpage.com Shut Down by Federal Bureau of Investigation

Backpage.com Shut Down by Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials in Phoenix confirmed earlier on Friday that they had raided Lacey's home. They designated Backpage, mentioning dozens of circumstances in which minors had been trafficked via the website.

They began Backpage as an alternative to Craigslist, and it became the second most popular online classified site in the US behind Craigslist.

The report claims Backpage had long concealed evidence that it edited "adult" posts on its site and knowingly facilitated prostitution and child sex trafficking.

"Today, Backpage was shutdown".

Part of the Department of Justice's issue with websites like backpage.com is that they facilitate sex trafficking by giving sheepish people access to victims that they may not be fearless enough to approach on the street - leading to more business for traffickers and driving up the demand for young children who were forced into prostitution. It's a huge step.

Maya Angelou honored with Google Doodle on her 90th birthday
Maya moved to NY in 1959, to concentrate on her writing career, and joined the Harlem Writers Guild. This autobiography and her subsequent works earned her global recognition and numerous awards.

John Harbaugh: Ravens 'got a steal' landing Robert Griffin III
- The Baltimore Ravens have announced they have agreed to a one-year deal with former Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III . Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh is optimistic about the signing; saying the deal was a bargain and that it improved the team.

Chinese space station Tiangong 1 ends in a fiery demise
China's Tiangong-1 reentered Earth's atmosphere at 17,000 miles per hour and crashed into the Pacific Ocean Sunday evening. Tiangong-1, translated to " Heavenly Palace 1 " or "Celestial Palace 1", was China's first prototype space station.

Backpage.com, the popular classified ads website, appeared to be offline Friday, posting a message that it had been seized and disabled by the federal government. "Now no child will be sold for sex through this website", tweeted Senator Heidi Heitkamp. The bill passed the Senate in an overwhelming 97-2 vote this week and will now head to President Trump's desk for him to sign into law.

"Shutting down the largest online United States marketplace for sex trafficking will dramatically reduce the profitability of forcing people into the commercial sex trade, at least in the short term", said Bradley Myles, chief executive of Polaris, an global anti-slavery group that runs the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

There would be "a dramatic shift in the marketplace starting tonight", he added. It is the world's second-largest classified advertising website after Craigslist and brought in $135 million in annual revenue in 2014, according to The New York Times.

But until Friday the website had continued to operate, shielded by free speech protections. Embedded within adult sex ads on websites are a certain number of solicitations for children, anti-sex-trafficking groups have said.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ancestry.com DNA test reveals shocking family secret
Apr 07, 2018 - 00:44
It wasn't until Rowlette was helping clean up her father's house that she finally discovered her parents' connection to Mortimer. In the early '80s, Rowlette's parents, Howard Fowler and Sally Ashby, had been dealing with infertility issues and turned to Dr.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Amazon Alexa works with United Kingdom police force
Apr 07, 2018 - 00:43
Now, families with Echo devices in their home can do just that, thanks to a new "Alexa Announcements" feature that's rolling out. The WeMo Mini Smart Plug lets you control whatever device is connected to it - such as your lights - with Alexa voice commands.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US Fed raises interest rates, signals two more rate hikes in 2018
Apr 07, 2018 - 00:42
They know inflation is rearing its ugly head, and the Feds will try to slow it down with another interest rate hike. According to Reuters, following the announcement stocks extended their gains, while the dollar fell.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top More than 40000 persons return homes in towns of eastern Ghouta
Apr 07, 2018 - 00:39
Medical assistance has been provided to 49 Syrians, including 21 children, during the past 24 hours, the major general said. Local activists have said that over 100,000 civilians were trapped inside Douma, which suffered devastating damage.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ohio State Hockey's Run Ends in Semifinal Of Frozen Four
Apr 07, 2018 - 00:37
MI arguably had better quality scoring chances late in the third period, but that didn't matter when all was said and done. Wolverines' coach Mel Pearson has said throughout the season that the name of the game is speed and grit.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top State joins others to sue U.S. over census question
Apr 07, 2018 - 00:20
Yet despite these findings, the Trump administration is going forward with asking individuals if they're a US citizen or not. The lawsuit accuses the Trump administration of breaking with decades of practice in demanding to know citizenship status.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Another round of storms expected Friday night - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL
Apr 06, 2018 - 04:13
Friday evening we will be tracking a line of heavy rainfall with embedded storms that will approach west Alabama after 7 p.m. There is a slight chance for some severe thunderstorms across portions of North Texas Friday afternoon and evening.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fortnite Update 3.4 Will Add Vending Machines
Apr 06, 2018 - 04:09
Like weapons themselves, you'll find them across the map in Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary varieties. One of the challenges this week requires players to find hidden gnomes in named locations on the map .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Get ready: 'Above-average' hurricane season is forecast
Apr 06, 2018 - 04:09
A typical season sees 12 named storms , 6.5 hurricanes and two majors. It's considered among worst natural disasters to hit the islands.

Apple shares tutorial videos featuring the New iPad and Apple Pencil
Apr 06, 2018 - 04:08
Samsung now uses smartphone screens that curve, but its curved screens slope down at the edges, rather than from top to bottom. Apple is also working on a new type of MicroLED screen, but this technology is even further away at three to five years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top No deal to legalise young Dreamer migrants, Trump vows
Apr 06, 2018 - 04:03
Earlier, President Trump had vowed to keep pushing for the funding of an "anti-migration" border wall along the US-Mexico border. Camacho-Perez, who was brought to the US from Mexico as a child, says she doesn't know if she'll be forced to go back.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cristiano Ronaldo Blown Away By Juventus Fan Reaction to Bicycle Kick Goal
Apr 06, 2018 - 04:02
Ronaldo exchanged passes with Benzema before poking the ball to James Rodriguez, who then lofted it into the box. Speaking about receiving a standing ovation, he added: "It was one of the most poignant moments of the night".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Spotify saves millions with unusual stock market debut
Apr 05, 2018 - 01:25
Investors will most likely weigh the company's potential for growth, considering its 12-year streak of failing to turn a profit. Its shares have revalued over 80% in the past year . "Spotify has never been a normal kind of company".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top New England Patriots traded Brandin Cooks after contract talks stalled
Apr 05, 2018 - 01:22
Cooks' skillset was something the Rams were seeking this offseason following Sammy Watkins departure to Kansas City . Cooks led the Patriots in receiving yards in 2017, finishing with 1,082 yards on 65 catches with seven touchdowns.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top John Krasinski Recalls Hilarious Customs Exchange Over His Marriage to Emily Blunt
Apr 05, 2018 - 01:22
Blunt said she is more similar to her nurturing mom character, Evelyn, than Krasinski is to Lee, the "old-school guy" he plays. AT THIS STAGE, we all know that John Krasinski was a major fan of Emily Blunt long before he met her, let alone married her.