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Child prostitution
2:55 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

50 Mayors urge online escort service to check ages

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 β€” an online ad service that has come under scrutiny from authorities for allegations that it's used to promote child prostitution.

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Washington State Legislature
3:26 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Age verification for 'sex-ads' now the law in Washington; first in nation

New law is "the first time in the nation criminalizing those who advertize minors online if they have not done the verification of age,” said Rose Gundersen is co-founder and Executive Director at Washington Engage, a non-profit.
The Associated Press

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.

The bill, Senate Bill 6251, was among a dozen anti-trafficking bills signed into law by Washington Governor Chris Gregoire today.

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Washington State Legislature
5:04 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Wash. House passes bill pressuring sex ad sellers

OLYMPIA, Wash. β€” The Washington state Legislature has passed a bill going after classified advertising companies that don't demand ID before allowing sex-related ads to be posted online. The measure is primarily targeted at Backpage.com.

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Fighting prostitution
1:37 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Higher fines on Johns, pimps would benefit anti-prostitution programs

A volunteer shows a girl around the Genesis Project's facility.
Courtesy of the Genesis Project

SEATAC, Wash. – 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.

They are also considering more funding for anti-prostitution programs. And they plan to get the extra money from the Johns and pimps themselves.

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Child prostitution
1:39 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

'Hub' of underage sex ads targeted by Washington lawmakers

Washington state assistant attorney general Jonathan Mark walks past a display of a Backpage.com ad following a news conference about action being taken against the adult services site in August.
Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. β€” 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.

The bill was one of a dozen introduced by a bipartisan group of senators seeking to curb sex trafficking.

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Child sex trafficking
5:26 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

McKenna threatens legal action against Backpage, if necessary

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna says Backpage.com has to prove it has strong protections in place or legal action could follow.

The Washington State Attorney General wants a top provider of online adult sex ads to prove it’s operating legally, calls Backpage.com a hub for human trafficking.

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