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How a ‘Human Trafficking’ Narrative Was Used to Kill Backpage

Carl Ferrer, Backpage co-founder and CEO, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to facilitate prostitution.
Samantha Cole
4.13.18
Backpage

Indictment Shows Backpage Facilitated Prostitution, But its Shutdown Will Still Hurt Sex Workers

The co-founders of Backpage.com are charged with facilitating prostitution and money laundering.
Samantha Cole
4.9.18
Backpage

The FBI Just Seized Backpage.com

The website has previously been the subject of numerous lawsuits and a Congressional investigation for its alleged role in facilitating child sex trafficking.
Daniel Oberhaus
4.6.18
Sex

Cracking Down on Backpage Adult Has Only Made Sex Workers’ Lives Harder

The government crackdown is a harsh blow for any sex worker who’d been reliant on new business from the website.
Lux Alptraum
1.13.17
Sex

Backpage Pulls Its Adult Ads Section, Leading to Lonesome Nights for Some

Free speech advocates warn that the disappearance of sex ads could have chilling effects on Facebook, Twitter, and other popular sites.
Nicholas Deleon
1.11.17
Sex

Why Sex Workers Need the Web to Stay Safe

Despite crackdowns on so-called "internet brothels," sex workers rely on the web to protect themselves.
Lux Alptraum
1.14.16
News

Vigilante Sheriff Violated First Amendment in Attacking Sex Ads Site Backpage

The ruling has implications for sex workers and victims of payment blockades like WikiLeaks.
Sarah Jeong
12.2.15
Sex

The Sex Workers' Guide to Bitcoin

Why sex workers must suddenly become fluent in bitcoin.
Clinton Nguyen
7.6.15
Motherboard Blog

The Chinese Amazon Now Has Hookers Delivering Packages

Taobao is the Chinese equivalent of Amazon or eBay, with a couple hundred million users all selling each other random knick-knacks and bootleg electronics. Thanks to its massive potential customer base, Taobao is huge: CrunchBase claims that the site...
Derek Mead
4.20.12
Motherboard Blog

Is Prostitution Clearing House Backpage.com Dead?

In 2010, after a whirlwind of outrage and bad press, Craigslist "shut down":http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/frame_game/2010/09/pimp_mobile.html its lucrative adult services section, largely because it was a haven for sex trafficking and...
Derek Mead
4.2.12