Federal investigators have seized a popular linear sex market.
On Friday, an e-label was posted on an online classifieds website, saying it had been detained by the FBI, U.S. post inspectors and the IRS.
Cook County Sergeant Tom Dartt has been responsible for stopping the site for the past ten years, claiming it is a provider of pimp services and child sexual crimes.
The online takedown notice did not detail the reason for the seizure but noted that Justice Department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, as well as the offices of the Texas attorney general and California attorney general, were involved.
Current anti-trafficking laws cannot be applied to websites such as Backpage. But federal legislation that is awaiting the president’s signature will make it easier for prosecutors and sex trafficking victims to take legal action against websites that host ads for prostitution.
After both the House and Senate recently passed the bill, the largest classified ad site, Craigslist, preemptively shut down its personals section.