After Craigslist pulled down its "adult services" section, it was only a matter of time before attorneys general targeted Backpage.com. Time's up.
Missouri AG Chris Koster and Kansas AG Steve Six joined 19 attorneys general in a letter to backpage.com yesterday, calling for the classified-ads website to end its "adult services" advertisements.
The Pitch's parent
company, Village Voice Media Holdings, owns Backpage.com, and yesterday, Backpage.com declined the AG's request in a blog post response, claiming the attorneys general were attempting to "capitalize on political opportunity during the election season."
Backpage.com is disappointed that the AGs have determined toThe AGs' letter came a few days after
blame from criminal predators to a legal business operator in an
apparent attempt to capitalize on political opportunity during the
The Internet was born. The federal government
enacted laws to
regulate its use and to allocate responsibilities and immunities to web
operators. Backpage.com follows those laws and it declines to censor an
entire section of free speech from its website.Censorship will not create public safety nor will it rid the world
an attorney filed a lawsuit against
Backpage.com, claiming the website is a "safe house" for pimps and
knowingly allowed Latasha Jewell McFarland to pimp out a
14-year-old girl on the website. McFarland pleaded guilty earlier this
month and she's looking at five years in prison.
VVM attorney Steve Suskin says the lawsuit is "riddled with
errors," and that the company actually helped law enforcement track
down McFarland after finding out she had violated the site's terms of