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Biden calls on Web site to remove adult services ads

Consumer Protection | Department of Justice | Date Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010



Biden calls on Web site to remove adult services ads

Wilmington – Delaware Attorney General Beau and his colleagues in 20 other states have called on
backpage.com, an online advertising Web site, to eliminate its section of adult-themed classified ads.
Biden was among the many Attorneys General who successfully persuaded online-advertising
powerhouse Craigslist.org to drop its adult classifieds because the postings were being used to solicit
child prostitution and other forms of human trafficking. The Attorneys General raised similar concerns
about backpage.com’s ads.

“Craigslist was correct to take down its ads that were exploiting women and children, and
backpage.com should immediately do the same,” Biden said. “This is about right and wrong, and it is
wrong for a Web site to profit from prostitution, especially when it could involve children.”

In addition to Delaware, states calling on backpage to close adult services are: Arkansas,
Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri,
Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and
Virginia.
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Biden calls on Web site to remove adult services ads

Consumer Protection | Department of Justice | Date Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010



Biden calls on Web site to remove adult services ads

Wilmington – Delaware Attorney General Beau and his colleagues in 20 other states have called on
backpage.com, an online advertising Web site, to eliminate its section of adult-themed classified ads.
Biden was among the many Attorneys General who successfully persuaded online-advertising
powerhouse Craigslist.org to drop its adult classifieds because the postings were being used to solicit
child prostitution and other forms of human trafficking. The Attorneys General raised similar concerns
about backpage.com’s ads.

“Craigslist was correct to take down its ads that were exploiting women and children, and
backpage.com should immediately do the same,” Biden said. “This is about right and wrong, and it is
wrong for a Web site to profit from prostitution, especially when it could involve children.”

In addition to Delaware, states calling on backpage to close adult services are: Arkansas,
Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri,
Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and
Virginia.
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