Backpage shuts down adult ad pages in US to battle human trafficking
The adult ad pages on Backpage.com have been suspended in U.S. cities, NPR reported that there was government pressure about the content that is shared on those pages.
The website was called the "largest commercial sex services advertising platform in the United States" by a 2016 Senate report. They also said that "Backpage officials have publicly acknowledged that criminals use the website for sex trafficking, including trafficking of minors."
On Tuesday, links to advertisements for escort services were redirected to a press release from the company as well as links to the websites of organizations that advocate for free speech rights.
In this release, the company said suspending adult content was a "director result of unconstitutional government censorship."
Backpage also advertises for services other than sex.