Normally I don’t like to post an article word for word. I find it to be tacky and lacking in creativity. However the following article needs to speak for itself.
CBS Atlanta interviewed a backpage call girl who they call Susan. This is what she had to say about the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.
Susan advertises her services on Backpage.com. She said Backpage is now the premier site for its adult services section since Craigslists took down its adult services.
Susan believes Backpage helps promote the prostitution of teenagers.
“So many of the younger girls are on there. They are taken from homes. They are probably working for a pimp,” said Susan.
Susan said Backpage does not do enough to screen women who post ads on its site.
“You just sign up online. You set up an email account. After you setup an email account, they just ask for a particular number to make sure your number works,” said Susan.
Susan said other sites that offer adult services check and verify your identification to make sure the girls who post ads are 18 or older.
“Those websites are $200 to post. Backpage is $10 to post and you don’ t need all that information. It makes it easier for pimps or young girls to get on the site,” said Susan.
Even though it will affect her business, Susan believes Backpage should shut down its adult services.
Now lets hear what a spokesweasel for backpage had to say…
CBS Atlanta contacted Backpage in reference to our story. We received this statement from Steve Suskin:
“Backpage.com is committed to preventing those who are intent on misusing the site for illegal purposes. Even one case of teenage prostitution is one too many. For that reason, Backpage.com works closely with law enforcement agencies in helping them bring these perpetrators to justice. We have also just completed a thorough review of the site and have implemented several new safety measures in the past weeks. These include:
The review of all new ads and images in the personals and adult sections of the site
The implementation of keyword searches to quickly identify possible illegal advertising
A new content policy that prohibits nudity of any kind across the site
The blocking of HTML ads posted on other sites to prevent the linking of ads that violate our site usage policy
Enlisting the help of child safety experts to help craft further safety strategies
Yet when I went to the adult section of backpage I still found numerous amounts of ads that were obviously for prostitution. The ‘escort’ section is still not and has not been ‘under review’. More backpage lip service.
If a dumbass like me can see that they’re repeating the same mistakes that craigslist made and making a few original mistakes you think someone at Village Voice Media would pick up on this yet here we are.
Shut it down backpage. It’s your only option.