Mass. AG’s office takes over local Backpage sex party investigation

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

Recently in Auburn, Massachusetts, a sex party in a Holiday Inn room was broken up by police. The party was said to have been facilitated on both craigslist and Backpage. Some of that facilitation must have been prostitution since the alleged party organizers, Jon A. Lowell, 45, and Courtney C. Nicholopoulos, 39, have both been charged with deriving money from prostitution.

The investigation has recently been taken over by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. AG Maura Healey has been a very vocal opponent of Backpage stating the following in the wake of Sanisha Johnson’s murder

In a statement from earlier this month, Healey said, ““As we have seen through our office’s work, Backpage.com and the internet have become increasingly popular vehicles for commercial sexual exploitation. In fact, most of the human trafficking cases that our office has prosecuted specifically involve advertisements on Backpage. It is clear that Backpage must do more to end the kind of exploitation that is advertised every day on its site. Today, I am calling on Backpage to immediately shut down the ‘adult’ section of its website – a long overdue step that I urge them to take now.”

While Backpage is on its financial knees we need more politicians to keep pounding away at them until they submit. So far Backpage has been an evil that has triumphed because too many good people have done nothing.

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