Investigators in the SeaTac area of Washington state were recently able to rescue three 15-year-old girls who were being advertised for prostitution on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com. A joint task force of several law enforcement agencies found the girls while conducting an internet prostitution sting. Seattle and the state of Washington have been at the forefront of combating human trafficking and child prostitution on backpage.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn had the following to say…
On Thursday September 22, while Backpage.com was drafting its lengthy rationalization of their practices, our High Risk Victims Unit participated in a task force operation in SeaTac. We recovered three female children who were being advertised for sex on Backpage.com. Rescuing children from being sexually exploited is a top priority for our police department, but we can never get ahead of this crime while a company like Backpage.com profits from the sexual exploitation of children and uses their newsrooms to minimize the extent of the issue.
This is unacceptable. How many more children will be exploited for profit on Backpage.com before this company changes their policies?”
Again this shows that backpage’s so-called concern for children is nothing more than lip service.
So far I have not received any information on arrests but I will update this post as more information is received.