The Senate last week passed a resolution exhorting Backpage.com to end publication of its adult entertainment section.
The measure was sponsored by Senator Mark Kirk and co-sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Kirk spouted the hyped up bollox:
The numbers are rising, in part because it has become frighteningly simple to order a child prostitute on the Internet. One merely needs to look at the classified ads on Backpage.com, the leading Web site for prostitution advertising in the
United States according to the Advanced Interactive Media, AIM, Group. Just a few clicks on this site easily enables 'johns' to purchase children for sex. Law enforcement believes that the existence of Backpage encourages the recruitment of
victims for sexual exploitation because it allows traffickers to operate out of sight from police patrols.
Backpage.com argues that it works closely with law enforcement to identify, track down and arrest anyone trafficking minors through the site. One such criminal was convicted in Florida a few weeks ago.