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Backpage Seizure Alleges $500 Million In Prostitution-Related Revenues

The investigation involved Texas, Arizona, California, and federal authorities

Backpage.com, a classified ads site tied to sex trafficking, was seized by federal authorities on Friday, April 6, 2018.

Backpage.com made $500 million in revenues from prostitution ads, according to an indictment unsealed Monday. Backpage, a classified ads site tied to underage sex trafficking, was seized by federal authorities Friday.

The seizure comes two years after the arrest of the site’s founder in Houston, which was a joint investigation between Texas and California officials.

Texas Attorney General Paxton released a video statement Monday praising the seizure.

“By taking down Backpage, we are undoubtedly saving lives and sparing many others from the horrors of human trafficking which is a form of modern day slavery,” Paxton said.

Paxton’s office says Backpage operated in 97 countries worldwide.

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