Once again, FOSTA proves a scam: Backpage.com seized by U.S. Justice Department

If current law is adequate to seize website Backpage.com, why the hell do we need the grievous overreach of FOSTA / SESTA?

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. law enforcement agencies have seized the sex marketplace website Backpage.com as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a posting on the site, Friday.

The posting said the U.S. Justice Department would provide more information at 6 p.m. EDT. It said U.S. attorneys in Arizona and California, as well as the Justice Department’s section on child exploitation and obscenity and the California and Texas attorneys general had supported the work in shutting down the website.

Once again, FOSTA proves a scam: Backpage.com seized by U.S. Justice Department
An image of the current home page of the website backpage.com shows logos of U.S. law enforcement agencies after they seized the sex marketplace site April 6, 2018.

Lawmakers and enforcement officials have been working to crack down on the site, the second largest classified ad service in the country after Craigslist that is used primarily to sell sex.

The U.S. Senate passed legislation last month (FOSTASESTA) making it easier for state prosecutors and sex-trafficking victims to sue social media networks, advertisers and others that fail to keep sex trafficking and other exploitative materials off their platforms.

Thee legislation, however, was passed over the objections of sex workers and trafficking victims.

The Department of Justice also opposed FOSTA – SESTA, declaring that the bill is unconstitutional and would actually make some prosecutions more difficult.

FOSTA – SESTA was sent to President Trump for his signature this week, but he has not yet acted on it.

The Supreme Court in January 2017 refused to consider reviving a lawsuit against backpage.com filed by three young women alleging the site facilitated their forced prostitution. But the site has since then faced a slew of other lawsuits alleging child sex trafficking.

I never felt more satisfied or optimistic than when I rode the river in my youth.

5 Replies to “Once again, FOSTA proves a scam: Backpage.com seized by U.S. Justice Department”

  1. LurkingReader

    Uh Karmafan correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t Obama in the WH in 2016 when the shit started hitting the fan for Backpage and other sites?

    This has been a long time coming and a direct result of failed self-regulation.

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