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Backpage.com and the Internet
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Backpage.com is the top provider of “adult services” advertisements. It is estimated that their stake in adult services advertisements is worth about $22.7 million in annual revenue.





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Unfortunately, the Internet has made it easier for traffickers to carry out such quotas. What's worse is that, in doing so, they are able to maintain more anonymity than that which is afforded by trafficking/pimping victims on streets like Baseline and Holt Boulevard where police presence is always a factor.
 
Internet-based trafficking has also made it easier for Johns, who are now able to simply go online and purchase sexual services from the confines of their home without ever having to leave and risk being caught.

Among the biggest perpetrators of online sex trafficking is Backpage.com. Advertisements for “escorts” can be found for nearly every city in San Bernardino County and they all include girls and boys--some of whom are clearly juveniles--who are selling sexual services. Backpage charges one dollar and up for adult services ads, generating upwards of $22 million a year.

In 2011, the National Association of Attorneys General called on Backpage.com to shut down its adult services section, which is clearly used to facilitate sex trafficking. In response, Backpage representatives stated they were and continue to be committed to preventing minors from being posted on their site, although little action has been taken to actually support such assertions. 

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