For years, Back also served as a resource for both local police forces and federal agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigationproviding le to help track down victims of sex trafficking.
Consider the Polk County, Florida Police Department, which arrested people in a sex trafficking ring, including dozens of men seeking sex with young children. Or the Nashville law enforcement officials who months later arrested 41 people during a three-day undercover sex trafficking sting, including 18 men who paid to have sex with who they thought would be an underage female, and one man who was charged with possession and solicitation of a minor. But, simultaneously, a nearly two-year-long Congressional investigation has proceeded against the website.
Back took its adult services down shortly after that report was published Monday, though its founders continue to deny culpability for the illegal transactions. Sex workers and activists have long argued that using online advertising directories is one of the very limited ways women and men involved in sex work can maintain agency over their own bodies and reduce the need to use a pimp, many of whom are abusive and manipulative.
Ideologically, the divide between Congress and law enforcement on how to tackle sex trafficking can be stark, she says. Those who suggest otherwise … are deluding themselves and their constituencies. Instead, it undermines efforts by Back.
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