The controversial online website known as Backpage has officially shut down the “adult” portion of their site due to mounting pressure from government officials. In an attempt to crack down on agencies that house prostitution and human trafficking, the U.S Senate Subcommittee will be meeting with Backpage Execs to discuss the legitimacy of the hearing.
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The move also comes on the heels of a criminal action in California, where Attorney General Kamala Harris has filed charges of pimping and money-laundering against Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer and the company’s controlling shareholders, Michael Lacey and James Larkin.
“The decision of Backpage.com today to remove its Adult section in the United States will no doubt be heralded as a victory by those seeking to shutter the site, but it should be understood for what it is: an accumulation of acts of government censorship using extra-legal tactics,” Backpage.com said in a statement.
“Like the decision by Craigslist to remove its adult category in 2010, this announcement is the culmination of years of effort by government at various levels to exert pressure on Backpage.com and to make it too costly to continue,” it said.