Why do we absolve Backpage?


Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times is one of the few journalists in America who has been trying to raise awareness about the children who are continuously prostituted on Backpage. In his latest column entitled ‘Every Parent’s Nightmare’ he tells a horrific story about a woman from Seattle who dropped her 15-year-old daughter off at school one day then didn’t see her for over 100 days because her daughter has been recruited by a pimp and had been repeatedly advertised on Backpage.

What I really want to draw attention to though is the first two sentences of Mr’ Kristof’s column…

We as a society derided the Roman Catholic Church as an accessory to child sexual abuse, and we lambasted Penn State for similar offenses.

Yet we as a society are complicit or passive in a similar way, by allowing a popular website called Backpage.com to be used to arrange child rape.

Personally I think it’s because while Backpage is a multi-million dollar business it still flies under the media radar and the average person isn’t really aware that Backpage even exists. I’m afraid it will have to take some truly horrendous crime to happen to a child that’s been turned out on Backpage before most people become aware of its existence and the problem within.

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