The Backpage Raid and the Future of Sex Trafficking

Earlier today, state agencies in Texas raided the headquarters of Backpage and arrested their CEO, Carl Ferrer, on Sex Trafficking charges.

Backpage is an online classified ad site (think Craigslist) that has been instrumental in the ability to exploit and sell victims of sex trafficking.

This is a huge step, but unfortunately we need to already shift our focus on this case, and begin looking at what’s next.

When Craigslist shut down their “Adult Services” section of their site, traffickers migrated to Backpage, and it became the leading platform for the buying and selling of people.