Early in the afternoon on Friday, a joint operation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shut down the website Backpage.com, leaving visitors with nothing put an image informing them of the seizure.
Along with shutting down the website, law enforcement raided the websites’ founders homes.
The raid, and website seizure was “part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, with analytical assistance from the Joint Regional Intelligence Center.”
This appears to be another example of President Trump’s Administration cracking down on human trafficking. When the website was up, Backpage was used worldwide as a hub for prostitution, and was largely responsible for the proliferation of human trafficking worldwide.
This comes just a short while after Craigslist was forced to shut down their “personals” section in response to the passage of the “Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act.” That bill would give websites that facilitate human trafficking to be held criminally liable.