In Brentwood, Tennessee, 22 men were arrested and indicted after a four-day sting involving child prostitution on Backpage. Two female agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) posed as girls, ages 14 and 16, being prostituted on Backpage. The 22 men who were arrested were said to be well aware of the age of the girls in question. But Trench, I might hear you say, didn’t Backpage do away with their adult services section? Technically yes, but in reality no. The ads for prostitution and sex trafficking have moved from the adult section to the dating/personals section. I’m also guessing that Backpage probably had no hand in assisting the TBI with the investigation.
With all the Congressional hearings and possible legislation against Backpage, the child sex trade is still going on unabated on their website, even though they’ve lowered themselves to accepting gift cards as payments for ads. With any luck, the legislation will go through, the Backpage heads will be prosecuted and their seized assets will be put to better use, like providing resources for all of their sex trafficking victims.