Social Media Prostitution and Sex Trafficking: BACKPAGE.com and CRAIGSLIST

Is BACKPAGE.COM a bigger PIMP than CRAIGSLIST? Which is the leader in SEX TRAFFICKING and online prostitution across the world? From my research and being a leading authority in the investigation, recovery of missing children and human trafficking, Craigslist certainly rivals back page here in the United States but CRAIGSLIST certainly beats out BACKPAGE.COM. It is not so much a rivalry but a criminal enterprise in open view tolerated by our criminal justice system. handovermouth Adult classifieds site Backpage.com is profiting from one of the ugliest crimes on the planet: sex trafficking. They are facilitating sex slavery and why to this date they have not shut the site down is beyond comprehension. Backpage says that they are doing more to fight sexual exploitation than any other classified ad site on the web and have no plans to shut the site down. The owners of the site, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin also owners of the Village Voice Media not too long ago ditched all of its editorial properties, taking pressure off Village Voice Media’s brand advertisers and investors to distance themselves from the Backpage controversy, and leaving the beleaguered (but very profitable) classifieds site as a stand alone ad Platform as part of their cover my ass program. So, let’s look at the facts and not just the jargon even though we all know all facts and statistics are not all exact. ● Backpage.com accounts for about 70% of America’s prostitution advertising ● Earns more than $22 million annually from prostitution ads – NY Times ● 80% of online prostitution advertising revenue – Reuters ● Continues to get rich off of human suffering to the tune of $24 million a year” – The Daily Beast There are ridiculous statistics out there to explain the procedures that Backpage and Craigslist to disseminate their removal process for spam and fraud on posts outside of sex or personal posts. Backpage and Craigslist posts approximately 7.5 million ads a month in dozens of countries and hundreds of categories. Of those ads approximately 20% of those ads are listed in the adult category. You do the math. These pimps want you to believe that they do everything within their power sand with the aid of the National Center for Missing Exploited Children (NCMEC) try to keep up by removing posts by examining credentials against phone numbers, email and IP addresses of ad posters Backpage has already flagged. They claim to scan ads for links to viruses, MK_logomalware and URLs that NCMEC has blacklisted as being associated with child pornography. This effectiveness is about (.01 percent) of its monthly ad volume. If you do not know that these sites are available to our children, you are ignorant. This is the root of the problem and it is a cancer but there is a solution. Backpage and Craigslist do NOT even oblige or abide as they say by their own TERMS AND CONDITIONS such as illegal activities, like “offers of sex for any kind of compensation(including suspected code words), sex acts in images, nudity, potential harm or violence” but are more concerned about flagging, removing deleting or blacklisting legitimate businesses . #1 Pimp in the Nation One of the questions is how does Backpage and Craigslist know how to monitor the age of the person entering their sites? Would one think, that a simple process of entering a credit

Jim Larkin - Founder of Backpage.com and 2nd largest pimp in the nation

Jim Larkin – Founder of Backpage.com and 2nd largest pimp in the nation

card for verification purposes would help to eliminate this cancer help with a call back to the card holder to verify? However, these methods like credit cards and drivers licenses, cannot be used to identify minors, because the absence of those things does not necessarily mean the person is a child or the child would have access to those items. Even more fuel to shut down all adult advertising. Does these scam sites even bother to offer up a solution to alleviate the problem? Because the main criteria the ad review team uses is to guess whether the advertiser is a minor is by looking at the photo attached to the ad and making a judgement call as to whether they appear over or under 21. How inane is that? Eyeballing a photo and guessing the age of the person in it is criminally stupid at best. What training do the people running this company have? Did they attend the FBI criminal behavioral unit to determine that the person is clearly over the age of 18 or 21? Who posted the photo, how old the photo is, and whether the photo in the ad is actually of the person advertising adult services. Backpage and Craigslist Terms of Use don’t

Craig Newmark - CEO of Craigslist - #1 Pimp in America with friend Obama

Craig Newmark – CEO of Craigslist – #1 Pimp in America with friend Obama

prohibit users from posting on another’s behalf, or using another’s credit card to post the ad, a glaring omission given all the concern over pimps and traffickers advertising people for sexual services against their will. Nor does Backpage maintain a database of previously flagged images to automatically detect duplicates. Backpage’s critics maintain that a lot of the ads – and sex traffickers – will just go away if Backpage shuts down. Backpage claims that by shutting down their site, there would be no way to identify pimps and predators of which they claim by allowing these posts would not be able to be identified and thus would disappear and go underground. I see Backpage and Craigslist trying to win an argument on allowing their web site to remain active and not shut down purely on greed alone and meagerly not trying more to fix this problem by merely shutting down their personal ads. This is not simply an honorable a dating site but an outright pornography site that promotes trafficking and child porn! One where YOUR child gets allured to a predator and is lost forever and sometimes killed. Of all the victims of sex trafficking Back page and Craigslist account for a considerable amount of the millions that are part of these statistics. Every 5 minutes, a child goes missing. Human/Sex Trafficking is the largest industry next to the drug cartels and about to surpass that. Backpage contains a section for listing “adult entertainment” services even though they lie and say their site officially prohibits illegal services including prostitution but the site still contains listings explicitly for sex and known incidences of child sexual services being sold. The way I see it, if you promote it, any enterprise will only grow. If you do not, the enterprise will decline and hopefully die. If you cut out the cancer or treat it, the greater the chance the cancer will go away or not come back and if it does, you keep trying to fight it. Thou shall not be a victim, thou shall not be a perpetrator and thou shall not be a bystander. If more people got involved, there is also more strength in numbers. Awareness, education and action will prevail. Never let greed and corruption stand in the path of the safety of our children. Craig Newmark, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin are pimps and aiding and abetting crime. Simply put. They are profiteers of criminal enterprise. You cannot sugar coat it enough. If you are looking for a loved one, we can help! We  can profile whether or not your child fell victim to a predator on in the Internet if they wen missing and find them. www.thelost.net

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