The site's founders, Mr. Lacey and Jim Larkin, have said that Backpage notifies law enforcement authorities whenever it becomes aware of illegal activity.
San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.
Carl Ferrer, CEO of Backpage.com, and Liz McDougall, corporate counsel, could not be reached for comment. This builds on the historic effort in Congress to reform the law that for too long has protected websites like Backpage from being held liable for enabling the sale of young women and children. Ramos had urged people to boycott the website.
Last year, the creators of the website were charged with money laundering in California.
The classifieds website has been the focus of intense scrutiny over the issue of its sex ads, which have included those involving children being trafficked by adults. The state of California has said that 90 per cent of the site's income were attributable to "adult ads".
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"They knew what was going on, and then they would place the ad anyway", Portman said on the U.S. Senate floor.
"Daisy said "...the government is driving workers to streetwalking. you can't properly screen a client in a back alley outside of his auto. vetting sites that escorts used to screen clients are being shut down. this will literally get women killed and raped".
Backpage has denied knowingly facilitating sex trafficking and has noted that it cooperates with requests from law enforcement to help track down advertisers and victims. "This is evil, and this has been happening". The bill is now waiting for President Trump's signature. The legislation, featured prominently in the popular Netflix documentary I am Jane Doe, amends the Communications Decency Act, which has shielded website operators from state criminal charges or civil liability if they facilitate sex ads or prostitution.
After the bill passed, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children president John F. Clark said it would provide "a powerful tool to further the rights of child victims, while protecting the work of those who share our mission to reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization".
In 2016, a Senate subcommittee launched an investigation into Backpage's role in child sex trafficking and found that it modified the wording of ads to delete references to children while still allowing the ads to stand.
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