The U.S. government seized and shut down classified advertising website Backpage.com as part of President Trump’s ongoing efforts to crack down on child prostitution and sex trafficking.
Federal law-enforcement officers raided the Arizona homes of Backpage co-founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin on Friday, AZ Central reported.
A notice on the seized Backpage.com site explains that the shutdown was “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.”
Backpage is accused of facilitating sex trafficking and underage prostitution through seedy ads that included lewd photos, often featuring young and underage girls. It was primarily known as a sex marketplace.
Backpage and liberal advocacy groups had argued that its lurid ads are free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution but federal authorities disagreed, and had sought to shut down the website since its launch in 2004.
“The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has told Congress that nearly three-quarters of the cases submitted to the center relate to ads posted on the site,” CNBC reported.
Adding to the sleazy news are revelations that Backpage co-founders donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic politicians over the years, including Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and the Arizona Democratic Party, the Daily Wire reported.
This latest law enforcement crackdown by the Trump administration confirms Roseanne Barr’s recent statement praising the president’s actions to stem child prostitution and sex trafficking.
Barr was viciously attacked by liberals last week after tweeting: “President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world. Hundreds each month. He has broken up trafficking rings in high places everywhere.”
Roseanne deleted her tweet amid heavy backlash from liberals.
Ayshia Connors, the communications director for the Arizona Republican Party, urged the Arizona Democratic Party to return the money they got from Backpage owners, calling it “dirty money.” She got no response from them.