Backpage Seizure Alleges $500 Million In Prostitution-Related Revenues

The investigation involved Texas, Arizona, California, and federal authorities, a classified ads site tied to sex trafficking, was seized by federal authorities on Friday, April 6, 2018. 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.


Davis Land

Senior Producer

Davis Land is a senior producer at Houston Public Media. He cut his teeth at Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, MA and at WBUR in Boston. His work has appeared on various public radio programs and podcasts including Texas Standard, Here and Now, and Marketplace. Davis is a graduate...

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