FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
McCain Institute Contact: Luke Knittig
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 703.657.9592

 

WASHINGTON (April 11, 2018) – The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University commends the Department of Justice for the seizure of Backpage.com and the 93-count indictment charging several members of the company’s leadership with a range of illegal activity.

“Let this be a warning to those that engage in human trafficking – your days of operating with impunity have come to an end,” said Mrs. Cindy McCain, Chair of the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council, reacting to the news of the indictment and asset seizure.

The allegations in the indictment paint a clear picture of how this deceptive criminal enterprise actively profited from the sale of our nation’s most vulnerable, including children. We applaud the work of the many tireless advocates, survivors, attorneys and law enforcement officials who worked for years to shut down Backpage.com.

“This is an important step in holding websites accountable for their involvement in the marketplace of child sex trafficking,” said Kristen Leanderson Abrams, Senior Director of Human Trafficking at the McCain Institute for International Leadership. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to working with our partners to prevent and eradicate all forms of human trafficking and exploitation here in the US and around the world.”

About the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University

Guided by values that have animated the career of Senator John McCain and the McCain family for generations, ASU’s McCain Institute is a non- partisan do-tank dedicated to advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity – in the United States and around the world. The Institute seeks to promote humanitarian action, human rights and democracy, and national security, as well as embrace technology in producing better designs for educated decisions in national and international policy.

Learn more about the McCain Institute at www.McCainInstitute.org.