Backpage.com shuts down Adult section

Overnight, Backpage.com announced the shutdown of its ‘adult’ section of the classifieds website!  This announcement came on the eve of Backpage.com’s executives and general counsel appearing at a hearing today before the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) to answer questions about a report which shows Backpage.com’s ”adult services” section routinely advertised sex trafficked children for commercial sex acts.

Read our statement related to Backpage.com’s move to dismantle the adult services section of its website.  You can also catch up on our live tweets from the PSI hearing on our twitter feed.

Please join us in continuing the fight against online exploitation so that these children and families will be ensured justice under the law.  See the ways you learn more, get involved and support our work so we can achieve more victories like the one today!

Linda Smith

Founder and President
Shared Hope International

Youth in the Sex Trade

A new report (supported in part by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) provides new information about the prevalence of sex trafficking of children in the United Stares.  Approximately 1000 individuals ages 13-24 in six regions across the United States were interviewed about their involvement in the sex trade. The research found that 77% of those interviewed first exchanged sex for goods under age 18, the average age being 15.8 years. It also found that the number of children engaged in the sex trade ranged from 10,506 to 20,994. While this is quite a bit lower than the 100,000-300,000 figure used as a previous statistic, this is still a significant number of children being affected by human trafficking. The full report is located HERE.