In the run up to Super Bowl weekend Cook County (Ill.) Sheriff Tom Dart placed ads on Backpage stating that they will be conducting prostitution stings using Backpage. They were still able to arrest 60 people.
As funny as that is that’s not really why I wanted to talk about this article. Once again we have a choice quote from Backpage’s head legal weasel Liz McDougall that I just couldn’t let go.
In an emailed statement, Liz McDougall, general counsel for Backpage, wrote: “Backpage is a general online classified advertising website with millions of ads for jobs, real estate and items for sale. Ads posted in the ‘adult’ category constitute less than 10% of the site’s overall ad content. Sheriff Dart’s conflicting portrayal of the site content is erroneous.”
Only ten percent? Is that so? Just for a moment let’s taker her at her word. Even if the ‘adult’ ads on Backpage make up 10% of its content that still means that a mere 10% of Backpage ads are responsible for 82% of all online prostitution according to an AIM Group study. In another study done by Arizona State University, they say that the amount of prostitution ads on Backpage make up over 80% of the site’s ads.
I know math can be hard Liz but there’s a big difference between 10 and 80.