The McCain Institute is pleased to share the report of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations entitled: Backpage.com’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking. It is the culmination of almost two years of investigation and highlights the reprehensible practice of advertising and selling children online for sex by backpage.com. Hiding behind the Communications Decency Act, backpage.com has caused immeasurable harm, ruined lives and destroyed families, while profiting handsomely. By using “strip terms from ad” filters, they knowingly advertised underage victims for sale for sex. Mrs. McCain and the McCain Institute have diligently focused attention on the need to shut down backpage.com’s facilitation of sex trafficking and are pleased that the attached report and January 10, 2017 Senate hearing have succeeded.
Read the Full Report here.