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Associated Press, Published August 03 2012

Council demands end to Backpage exploitative ads

MINNEAPOLIS — City leaders in Minneapolis are calling on the owner of the Backpage website to stop running its "adult services" section that police have linked to juvenile sex trafficking.

City Council members have passed a resolution demanding that Village Voice Media of New York take down the ads. Minneapolis police say that all 20 child sex-trafficking cases they've investigated this year involve juveniles prostituted on the Backpage website.

Police arrested a man Thursday accused of prostituting two runaway girls he met in downtown Minneapolis last month. A criminal complaint says the man offered the teens, ages 15 and 17, as a "two girl special" on Backpage.

Village Voice Media attorney Liz McDougall tells the Star Tribune the company regularly cooperates with law enforcement and that taking down the ads would move operations out of the country, making investigative efforts more difficult.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.