Some details on the Backpage letter


Backpage Says It’s Doing Enough, McKenna Still Pushing The Issue:

The other day I posted about the letter that Backpage’s attorney, Sam Fifer, sent to the Attorneys General. The contents of the letter were not immediately made public.

Now out of Washington state we’re beginning to hear about some of the contents of the letter. Here is what Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna’s office said this was in the letter…

Backpage says “There is no gap between our mutual goal of eradicating the scourge of child trafficking as quickly and effectively as possible.”

Citing its use of “aggressive content moderation and programmatic content filtration” technology, the company reasserts its claim that there “there can be no question that does its best to provide a sage and legal environment for its customers and to be a responsible corporate citizen.”

That’s one of the biggest loads of horseshit I’ve ever read. There is a Grand Canyon sized gap between what the AGs want and what Village Voice Media is willing to do.

There is no sage and legal environment for prostitution and human trafficking and Village Voice Media and Backpage are far from being responsible corporate citizens.

The bottom line is and always has been that they are making money hand over fist on thinly veiled ads for prostitution. Some of the girls being prostituted are underage and I would hazard a guess that the overwhelming majority of them are being trafficked. It’s blood money pure and simple. Village Voice Media would have to be extremely stupid not to realize this but they’re not stupid, just greedy. And also lacking any basic human kindness.

Backpage's lawyer issues statement but not to everybody


Attorneys general put Backpage front and center:

This time last week I had said that Backpage had yet to respond to the States’ Attorneys General deadline of September 14th to address their human trafficking and child exploitation issues. They finally responded this past Friday which was the 23rd. Only 9 days late. Kind of shows Backpage’s commitment, or lack thereof, to the issues.

Anyway this past Friday Backpage’s attorney, Sam Fifer of Chicago, sent a letter to the The National Association of Attorneys General and said that Backpage…

…”looks forward to working with the attorneys general and law enforcement at all levels to prevent misuse of the Backpage site.”

Right. The thing is we don’t know yet on how Backpage plans on doing that because Fifer’s letter was not made public.

Lack of transparency automatically throws up an air of suspicion. Hopefully the AGs will be more forthcoming with details than Village Voice Media is.