Charges Revealed in Human Trafficking Case Against Backpage Founders

On the heels of shutting down the online classified service, Backpage, “the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix unsealed indictments against seven people associated with Backpage, officially charging that it operated as a thinly veiled and lucrative online brothel.”  John Vanek PATH Consultant, has this to say about the Backpage shut-down:  “I’m happy to see the owners of Backpage will no longer profit from ads which exploit other human beings.  But those who exploit others are already evolving, moving to other platforms; many are ahead of the game, using platforms such as Snapchat, and Facebook.  Sooner rather than later, somebody somewhere will fire up servers outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. government, doing an end run around FOSTA.  Then, law enforcement will slowly adapt to the change.”  Read the full article here of Backpage owners’ charges.    4/9/18