I should have known this would happen. It happened after craigslist shut down their adult services section so I should have figured it would happen here.
Cleveland.com is reporting that Backpage is still running ads for prostitution even after their self-imposed shuttering of the adult section amid cries of government censorship. Andrea Powell, an advocate from the organization FAIR Girls, contacted Cleveland.com to let them know that Backpage’s ads for prostitution are now being run in the dating section and I can verify that she is correct.
As you can see by the graphic I posted above, the Cleveland personals section is flooded with thinly veiled ads for prostitution. While it is free to post ads in the personals section, there are upgrades you can buy to keep your ads in better positioning and circulation. Also, as we know, Backpage does in fact have moderators that work for them, but obviously they’re turning a blind eye to the personals section now, or worse they’re still allegedly editing the ads and coaching the ad posters to make them look less illegal.
The bottom line is that as of right now women and children are still being trafficked on Backpage, absolutely nothing has changed and we should not let Backpage get away with this.