This is a historic week! On Jan. 9, backpage.com, a website notorious for its facilitation of prostitution and sex trafficking finally shut down the “adult” sexual services advertising section of its website. The website, which Polaris Project calls “the world’s top online brothel,” removed the prostitution ads section only hours after a scathing U.S. Senate report concluded

that the website was the “largest commercial sex services advertising platform in the United States.” The Senate report also noted that “Backpage officials have publicly acknowledged that criminals use the website for sex trafficking, including trafficking of minors.” This has been a very long battle for leaders in the movement to combat sex trafficking, and we are excited to see this amazing breakthrough come to fruition. CONTINUE