Not everyone wants to shut down Backpage.com. The online classified ad site, which generates millions of dollars in revenue by hosting sex-related ads, has been vilified for allowing apparent prostitution ads that sometimes include child trafficking victims. Backpage has claimed for years it is merely a passive host of third-party content, but a story last week in The Washington Post showed that Backpage has been using a contractor in the Philippines to attract more sex advertisers, and sex customers, to its sites around the world.
"Under Attack, Backpage.com Has Its Supporters as Anti-Trafficking Tool. But Many Differ." is from the July 18, 2017 True Crime section of The Washington Post. It was written by Tom Jackman and narrated by Sam Scholl.