Senate report that blasted the site for facilitating criminal activity, Backpage shut down the adult content portion of its website. Classified websites such as Backpage and Craigslist, which allow users to hawk everything from real estate to used cars, have long been targeted by police for facilitating the sex trade. Last fall, prosecutors accused a Miami preacher of trafficking young boys through Craigslist, as well as Backpage; he is awaiting trial.
But Dallas-based Backpage, founded in as an off-shoot of classified sections for alternative weekly newspapers, remains one of the most popular websites for hooking up prostitutes with johns, according to law enforcement.
In Miami-Dade, posts on the website have resulted in many high-profile human trafficking cases. In recent years, those charged include a local Spanish-language singer , a man who forced a runaway teen to tattoo his street name on her eyelids and a businessman who lured girls from Kazakhstan with the false promise of working at a yoga studio. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that 73 percent of all its child trafficking report stem from Backpage.
In Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff Thomas Dart waged a public campaign against Backpage in , posting a letter to credit-card companies asking they stop accepting financial transactions from the site. Visa, Mastercard and American Express all voluntarily stopped accepting business from Backpage. The website sued, arguing Dart was infringing on its right to free speech — and won.
A federal appeals court upheld the ruling ordering Dart to stop publicly pressing the issue. Supreme Court in December refused to take up the issue. In December, California filed new charges against the men, this time charging them with money laundering.
The trial is still pending. The best we can do is facilitate the capabilities of police to investigate. At least until recently, Backpage was generally fast to respond to government subpoenas and request for customer information, even the credit-card info used by those posting to the adult section, according to Florida police agencies. Subpoenas revealed that someone posted the ads for the girl using a pre-paid Visa card.
Digging further, investigators found that Chamah used the same card to rent a scooter — the same one he used to drop off the teen for a rendezvous with an undercover Miami Beach detective posing as a john. Confronted with the financial records, Chamah pleaded guilty last fall and is now behind bars. Prostitutes and escorts have certainly adjusted to the changes at Backpage. On post after post, they offer their services in less-than-subtle ways. One girl named Brown Sugar notes: But any ads you make you will have control over.
Joyfinder - Pricing info unknown. Has free posting options Listed front page on google searches. Backpage is a huge resource for so many sex workers around the world, and even though there are many other platforms, since advertising is expensive, many workers only used one site - the most popular one. I will make a new post dealing with this in a while, but for now, here's an interesting article on how this may affect all of us. Here's an article on what it is and how it affects Australian sex workers by Gala Vanting follow her on Twitter.
Look up "escorts [your city]". It's the first place clients go to look for escorts. Their ads are just gone, and many haven't saved the text they put on there. I use it, and plenty of my friends who would fall into the "high class" niche use it - it is not class specific. Lucky you for being privileged enough to never use it though, if that's you! But lots of people have lost what is effectively their only source of income overnight. Do what you can to help!
Back up any websites you create, don't buy too far in advance, keep checking them to make sure they're still available. I have removed several directories from this list for being dodgy. Punter Planet it getting no more free traffic from me, especially since their owner decided to make it so that sex workers must pay to see their own reviews, unless they message him to beg for it. This is a change that's coming in soon. Not sorry to hear you must be bleeding money, Andy.
Do not contact me to ask that your site be added to the list, or get some marketing peon to do it. This is a personal blog, and sex workers are literally dying because of what has happened - this is not a game, and you're not making quick bucks off us.
You vultures in the comments disgust me. We just sent you an email.A federal appeals court upheld the ruling ordering Dart to stop publicly pressing the issue. As you've probably heard, Craigslist shut down its 'Adult Services' section this weekend, caving to pressure from Attorneys General and anti-trafficking groups. Prostitutes and escorts have certainly adjusted to the changes at Backpage. Though, honestly, we're fine with consensual sex-for-pay. Instead of "favorites," they offer a "stud list":