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Backpage.com's Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking, Hearing Before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, January 10, 2017   [open pdf - 7MB]

This is the January 10, 2017 hearing on "Backpage.com's Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking," held before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Ron Johnson: "It is about sex trafficking. It is about selling children online. More than 20 months ago, this Subcommittee launched a bipartisan investigation concerning how sex traffickers use the Internet to ply their trade. Experts, including many of the victims I have spoken to in my home State of Ohio, tell us that this crime has increasingly moved from the street to the smartphone. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) reported an 846-percent increase in reports of suspected child sex trafficking from 2010 to 2015-a spike the organization found to be ''directly correlated to the increased use of the Internet to sell children for sex.'' Backpage.com sits at the center of that online black market. This is a large, profitable company: Backpage operates in 97 countries and 934 cities worldwide and was last valued at well over a half-billion dollars. According to an industry analysis in 2013, eight out of every ten dollars spent on online commercial sex advertising in the United States went to one website-Backpage." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Carl Ferrer, Andrew Padilla, James Larkin, Michael Lacey, Elizabeth McDougall, Nacole S, Tom. S, and Kubiiki P.

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S. Hrg. 115-6; Senate Hearing 115-6
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2017
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