Backpage.com http://www.kplu.org en 50 Mayors urge online escort service to check ages http://www.kplu.org/post/50-mayors-urge-online-escort-service-check-ages <p>Mayors of nearly 50 cities across the country are urging Village Voice Media to require identification for people posting escort ads on its Backpage.com &mdash; an online ad service that has come under scrutiny from authorities for allegations that it&#39;s used to promote child prostitution.</p><p> Mon, 07 May 2012 21:55:07 +0000 The Associated Press 4952 at http://www.kplu.org Age verification for 'sex-ads' now the law in Washington; first in nation http://www.kplu.org/post/age-verification-sex-ads-now-law-washington-first-nation <p>Washington state has become the first in the nation to require verification of age for online ads that promote sex-related services, such as the escort ads that appear in backpage.com.</p><p>The bill, <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=6251">Senate Bill 6251</a>, was among a dozen anti-trafficking bills signed into law by Washington Governor Chris Gregoire today.</p><p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 22:26:34 +0000 Monica Spain & The Associated Press 4604 at http://www.kplu.org Age verification for 'sex-ads' now the law in Washington; first in nation Wash. House passes bill pressuring sex ad sellers http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-house-passes-bill-pressuring-sex-ad-sellers <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; The Washington state Legislature has passed a bill going after classified advertising companies that don&#39;t demand ID before allowing sex-related ads to be posted online. The measure is primarily targeted at Backpage.com.</p><p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 01:04:12 +0000 The Associated Press 4258 at http://www.kplu.org Higher fines on Johns, pimps would benefit anti-prostitution programs http://www.kplu.org/post/higher-fines-johns-pimps-would-benefit-anti-prostitution-programs <p>SEATAC, Wash. &ndash; Critics of backpage.com have accused the classifieds website of promoting child prostitution. The company has defended its policies but lawmakers in Olympia are considering new requirements for the site.</p><p>They are also considering more funding for anti-prostitution programs. And they plan to get the extra money from the Johns and pimps themselves.</p><p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 21:37:26 +0000 Azusa Uchikura 4165 at http://www.kplu.org Higher fines on Johns, pimps would benefit anti-prostitution programs 'Hub' of underage sex ads targeted by Washington lawmakers http://www.kplu.org/post/hub-underage-sex-ads-targeted-washington-lawmakers <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; Washington state lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that would require classified-advertising companies to attempt to verify the age of escorts listed in sex-related postings.</p><p>The bill was one of a dozen introduced by a bipartisan group of senators seeking to curb sex trafficking.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:39:42 +0000 Jonathan Kaminsky & KPLU News Staff 3775 at http://www.kplu.org 'Hub' of underage sex ads targeted by Washington lawmakers McKenna threatens legal action against Backpage, if necessary http://www.kplu.org/post/mckenna-threatens-legal-action-against-backpage-if-necessary <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984359.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984359.mp3</a></p><p>The Washington State Attorney General wants a top provider of online adult sex ads to prove it&rsquo;s operating legally, calls Backpage.com a hub for human trafficking.</p><p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 00:26:01 +0000 Monica Spain 2502 at http://www.kplu.org McKenna threatens legal action against Backpage, if necessary