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Friday, 6 April 2018

Sex ads platform Backpage.com seized by FBI


Backpage.com, a popular classified ads website, appears to have been taken offline, showing instead a message informing visitors that the site has been seized and disabled by the federal government.(WWW.BACKPAGE.COM)
Sex ads platform Backpage.com was seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Friday hours after its founder's Phoenix home was raided. 
Visitors to the site landed on a notice from the federal government announcing its seizure.
“Backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, with analytical assistance from the Joint Regional Intelligence Center,” the announcement read.
Founder Michael Lacey's Sedona home was raided by the FBI Friday morning, Evan Wyloge, of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, reported. He said Lacey's neighbors witnessed the raid, reporting that "about 20 undercover cops" swarmed the property.
Phoenix FBI told the Daily News that "law enforcement activity is occurring."
Backpage owner Michael Lacey's home was raided by the FBI on Friday.  (CLIFF OWEN/AP)
The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 
Other agencies were also involved in the enforcement action, with more information forthcoming, the FBI said.
The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, known as SESTA, was passed last month as part of a push to crack down on Backpage.com and other sites accused of facilitating human trafficking.
Some sex workers argued that the legislation hamstrings their ability to safely earn a living.

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