US Senate pressures Phoenix-based Backpage.com over adult ads

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By: Mike Sunnucks, Phoenix Business Journal
Mike Lacey

The U.S. Senate passed a resolution last week asking Phoenix-based Backpage.com and its parent Village Voice Media to take down adult and adult entertainment ads from its online classifieds website.

Critics say the Backpage adults ads often have links to prostitution and human trafficking.

A number of groups and national media have covered adult ads on Backpage and possible ties by posters to prostitution rings.

Backpage attorneys and officials say they have worked to get rid of adult ads tied to prostitution.

Backpage was spun off from Village Voice Media earlier this year. It is still owned as separate company by Phoenix New Times founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

The Phoenix New Times is now owned by Voice Media Group along with New York’s Village Voice and alternative papers in several other major U.S. markets.

Backpage is the second biggest online classifieds website behind only Craigslist.

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