Backpage.com has been seized and shuttered in a multi-state law enforcement effort that included Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
The Dallas-based website, where ads could be placed for prostitution and other sexual services, was seized Friday.
Backpage.com’s CEO Carl Ferrer was arrested in Houston in 2016.
“Backpage generated millions of dollars annually on the backs of innocent women and children who were forced or coerced into sex trafficking,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Taking down this despicable website will undoubtedly save lives and spare many others from the unspeakable horrors of sex trafficking.”
Paxton’s office worked in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the District of Arizona and Central District of California, and the California attorney general’s office in the effort.
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