Human Traffic Watch

After sex-trafficking arrests, Backpage.com under fire

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm

It was the third bust of a Central Florida sex-trafficking ring in as many days. Fed up, the leader of one law enforcement agency looked into television cameras and issued not a warning, but a promise.

“Backpage,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said, referring to the web-based classified ad service Backpage.com implicated in all three cases, “you’re going to be criminally investigated and so are the people that are in charge of the organization.

“It’s abundantly clear to us that they are facilitating organized prostitution. They are facilitating human trafficking,” he said, adding, “We’re not going to have that.”

Source: Tampa Bay Times

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