The company told ABC News in a statement that it employs moderators who diligently screen ads to stop underage trafficking on its site. They added that they have voluntarily undertaken a multi-tiered "policing system to prohibit and report attempts at human exploitation and the advertisement of prostitution" that screens for words and phrases that might "suggest illegal activity" and that the company actively cooperates with law enforcement.
But many in law enforcement have openly challenged these claims, including Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart, who in successfully petitioned every major credit card company to cut ties with Backpage.
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The only available payment methods on the site now are Bitcoin or mail-in check. He would spend days in the car, driving around Seattle, searching desperately for his missing girl.
Until one night, he said things went too far.
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But Tom didn't go through with it. Then, on the th night Natalie was missing, her Backpage ad was targeted in a sting set up by the Seattle Vice Squad.
One of their officers had posed as a client, and when she walked into his hotel room, he stopped her. One of those officers was Bill Guyer, a longtime Vice detective who spends much of his time on Backpage trying to rescue trafficked girls like Natalie. He and Natalie instantly formed a special bond the night she was rescued.
He then helped Natalie build up the courage to testify in the trial of Baruti Hopson, who was sentenced to 26 and a half years in prison for promoting the commercial sex abuse of a minor.
So Det. Minutes after he posted the ad, calls and texts started streaming in. The ad was up and running. Yiota Souras, general counsel for NCMEC, said 73 percent of the reports they receive from the general public about suspected underage trafficking involve a Backpage post. Rob Portman. When asked why to specifically include Backpage in a hearing on online trafficking, Sen. Therefore they have to be investigated. The Senate is now seeking to enforce the subpoena. The nearly page Senate report is available for download here.
They are told to then post the edited ad anyway, even though the investigators say this editing would not change the nature of the underlying transition.
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Rob Portman, R-Ohio. The court will decide if Ferrer will be compelled to testify and if Backpage has to hand over their internal documents. Back in the U.
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Natalie is hoping her Washington state lawsuitwhich focuses on the claim that Backpage knowingly developed itself into an online marketplace for illegal prostitution, will be the first of its kind to be successful against the company.
Backpage responded to the allegations laid out in the Washington state lawsuit, according to court documents, stating that, "Backpage does not allow advertisements on its website to contain naked images, images featuring transparent clothing, sexually explicit language, suggestions of an exchange of sex acts for money, or advertisements for illegal services.
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They have memories It makes me a little bitter. But in all the sadness, one ray of light for Natalie has been the special relationship she and her parents have now with Det. Shows Good Morning America.
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