Backpage allowing free sex ads but desperation is showing


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With Visa and Mastercard recently cutting ties with Backpage the controversial website is now allowing sex ads to be posted for free with the insulting promo code of #FREESPEECH. Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel after all. I guess #FREEDOMFORALL as a promo code was shot down, or in Backpage’s case chained to a radiator.

Some may think this is some kind of victory for Backpage but it isn’t. It’s a last grasp for hope because unlike craigslist, who used to allow prostitution ads for free, Backpage’s main income source is from the sex ads. Without them they’re dead in the water,

Another sign of obvious desperation is that they’re supposedly allowing ad posters to buy credits for posting ads by having the posters mail checks. money orders and even cash to a PO Box in Dallas. I don’t think many pimps carry around a checkbook, money orders are still traceable, and I don’t think traffickers are even dumb enough to mail cash. Don’t forget to include your return address.

Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff Tom Dart, who convinced the credit card companies to blackball Backpage, has urged the US Postal Service to ensure that they’re not being used as couriers for trafficking. You know, with that whole using the mail for criminal activity is a federal offense and everything.

I’m trying not to prematurely celebrate the death of Backpage but I would say that the end is nigh.

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