Senate scolds Village Voice Pimps
Amid all the other action, the Senate took time late Thursday to scold an online classified ads website for its "adult" section, saying it was contributing to child sex trafficking.
The site, backpage.com, appears to allow posters to advertise their services for everything from sexual fetishes to "body rubs," which Sen. Mark Kirk said in a statement is "a thinly veiled code for prostitution."
Backpage is owned by Village Voice Media Holdings, which is the parent company of the Village Voice publication. The company says it polices the ads, but Mr. Kirk pointed to several instances of gangs or others using the site to force young girls into "sexual slavery."
"The U.S. Senate will present a united front in the fight against online child sex trafficking," Mr. Kirk said.