And, in a turn of events, they have raided its founder's home. "We must keep working to bring perpetrators to justice and get victims the support they deserve". Until this action Backpage.com had been the nation's second largest classified ad service; $135-million in income according to the most recent figures.
"Shutting down the largest online United States marketplace for sex trafficking will dramatically reduce the profitability of forcing people into the commercial sex trade, at least in the short term", said Bradley Myles, chief executive of Polaris, an worldwide anti-slavery group that runs the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
However, supporters of the site believe the government has struck a blow against freedom of speech, and Morgan M. Page, a writer on gender issues, says now, sex workers' lives are in danger.
The report said Backpage knowingly accepted ads placed by pimps offering sex for money with teen-age girls, some of them runaways or held against their will, then systematically removed words and images that showed the ads' true intent.
M. The website, criticized as the biggest prostitution website in the world, is seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The bill is now waiting for President Trump's signature.
In court filings past year, Backpage revealed that it was being investigated by a grand jury in Phoenix, where the site was originally launched as part of the New Times alternative weekly newspaper chain.
Michael Lacey, 69, of Sedona, Arizona, who co-founded Backpage, was charged Friday as part of the indictment, Lacey's lawyer, Larry Kazan, told USA Today.
An FBI spokesperson confirmed that "law enforcement activity" is occurring in a statement to The Verge, but didn't provide any further details.
The former president's prison sentence is four years longer than that of Choi Soon Sil, who was sentenced with 20 years in prison. Park, 66, who has been in jail since March 31 past year , has denied wrongdoing and was not present in court.
Cunningham's family claimed that the 35-year-old had been behaving very strangely before vanishing without a trace two months ago. Timothy's family stated that he had a conversation with them the day before he vanished, that had left them concerned.
In a Thursday morning tweet, the president credits "the strong immigration laws of Mexico and their willingness to use them". The Trump administration hasn't determined how many troops it will seek to have deployed to the U.S. -Mexico border.
The temblor was felt as far away as Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Palmdale and the city of Orange, according to local media reports. A USGS map shows the location of a magnitude 5.3 quake that struck off the Channel Islands around 12:30 p.m.
The trio use the same @KensingtonRoyal handle, and Markle's appearances with Harry now are reported on Twitter with that handle. Adams has decided on what he's going to buy his onscreen fiancee Meghan Markle for her real-life wedding.
He was hampered by a left ankle sprain and had been used exclusively as a designated hitter or pinch hitter. Tebow batted seventh in the order, and his debut homer came in the first inning with two men on base.
Speaking to Beats 1 , Cardi B has now reiterated her stance, describing the alleged feud as "really internet made-up". When Nicki and Remy was beefing, everybody was tuning in like, 'What's next?' But I don't have time for that.
After the Easter break, oil prices started the week on a weaker note as geopolitical development exacerbated operational concerns. OPEC and its allies are collectively curbing 1.8 million barrels per day of crude output to help eliminate a global oil glut.
Meanwhile, the FCC's inspector general is investigating the relationship between Sinclair and the agency's chairman, Ajit Pai. And yes, Martin and McCrain's study does show that Sinclair focuses far more on national political news than its competitors.
Mr Puigdemont entered Germany on his way back from Finland to Belgium, where he had been living in self-imposed exile. Two more members of the regional police and an official with the regional interior department were also indicted.
Jacob Zuma corruption case postponed to 8 June
After years of legal challenges, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) last month decided Zuma must face trial. But the Civil society and opposition parties have worked tirelessly to have the charges reinstated.
Tiger Woods labels steady Masters return 'awesome'
Open in 2002 at Bethpage, he said officials who made him play on would have stopped play had Woods still been out on the course. Spieth endured no such trouble as he produced a calm display and recorded five consecutive birdies on the back nine .
Will the Twins win their home opener?
The eagle's handlers were standing in the infield and one of them had to run out to left field to help out. It settled on the ground in front of him, and then tried again to land on Paxton's shoulder.
Fed rate up, India may see ripple effect
The midpoint of the Fed's target range will now reach 3.4 percent by 2020, higher than the 3.1 percent announced previously. Powell, a lawyer with a background in finance and banking, is the first non-economist to helm the Fed since the 1970s.
Rebels free five prisoners in Syria's eastern Ghouta
It is also unclear whether all of the Army of Islam fighters have agreed to leave and how long the evacuations will take. Jaish al-Islam is the last remaining rebel group in Eastern Ghouta but has repeatedly denied agreeing to leave the area.
Manchester City finds its match with Tinder
On Tinder, users were greeted by a pop-up titled "Facebook permissions" when they tried to log in with Facebook credentials. So now that Facebook is tweaking the way in which it works with these independent apps, things are getting a bit hairy.
Fortnite vending machine location guide
Fortnite has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity not unlike PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds , its most direct competition. One challenge that has left players scratching their heads this week is to find hidden gnomes in various named locations .