The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said that 73 percent of all child trafficking reports it receives involve Backpage.
Further, citing internal company documents, the Senate report said that Backpage altered ads before publication by deleting words, phrases and images that indicated criminal behavior, including child sex trafficking.
Just over a month later – on Christmas Eve – 16-year-old Desiree Robinson’s body was discovered in a pool of blood in a garage in a southwestern Chicago suburb.
A bloody knife was found at the scene and an autopsy report determined that the teen had been beaten and strangled before having her throat slit.
The two services used by these individuals were OKCupid and Match.com, two of the largest and most popular dating websites on the Internet.
The problem with online dating is that you can’t see the person’s face when they’re telling you about themselves. I think it’s hard for guys to comprehend the world of online dating from a woman’s perspective. They then flippantly toss out all of those well thought out, carefully crafted messages from most of those poor schmucks, and then they log onto their Facebook accounts to complain to their girlfriends that there are no “good men” left in the world.Besides the gruesome nature in which they were killed, what connects the cases of Mays and Robinson is that both young women had advertised as escorts on the classified site Much like Craigslist, users can go to Backpage to buy and sell everything from cars to furniture, but for a long time the site's “Adult” section became a clearinghouse for prostitutes and the johns looking for their services.It also forbids “posting any solicitation directly or in ‘coded’ fashion for any illegal service exchanging sexual favors for money” and posting “any material on the Site that exploits minors in any way.” A quick search of the Backpage’s dating section for Manhattan, however, found posts featuring phrases like “Naked Bodyslides,” “2 Girl Special” and “Busty and Petite.” The classified site also has said it's protected from prosecution because of the interpretation of a provision tucked deep inside the Communications Decency Act of 1996 called Section 230.The language of Section 230 states, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider." In layman’s terms, this basically means that sites like Backpage – or Facebook and Twitter, for that matter -- are not liable for what their users post on their sites.