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For Immediate Release: August 31, 2011

AGs Give Backpage.com Deadline to Substantiate Claims it Limits Prostitution Ads

Washington, DC – The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter today signed by 46 Attorneys General to Backpage.com with a Sept. 14 deadline to substantiate company claims it can effectively limit prostitution and sexual trafficking activity on its website, especially ads that could involve minors.

The Aug. 31 letter states: “While Backpage.com professes to have undertaken efforts to limit advertisements for prostitution on its website, particularly those soliciting sex with children, such efforts have proven ineffective.” Attorneys General have tracked more than 50 instances, in 22 states over three years, of charges filed against those trafficking or attempting to traffic minors on Backpage.com.

“We believe Backpage.com sets a minimal bar for content review in an effort to temper public condemnation, while ensuring that the revenue spigot provided by prostitution advertising remains intact,” the letter says.

The letter lists the information the Attorneys General are requesting from Backpage.com. A copy can be found on the NAAG website:

http://www.naag.org/sign-on_archive.php

In September 2010, 21 Attorneys General wrote Backpage.com to request that the company immediately take down the adult services portion of its site.

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