Few writers seek to capitalize on the Rule of Drama potential here.Contrast with Belligerent Sexual Tension and Platonic Life Partners.
Many people use Craigslist to find roommates, cheap furniture, used cars or part-time jobs. I decided to dive into Craigslist's "Casual Encounters" — a section made for no-strings hookups — to see if any of what I assumed about that virtual place was true.Is it populated entirely by perverted sexual deviants, serial killers, prostitutes and scammers as rumors insist?Parents who have identified their children in Backpage ads and requested the agency remove them are often greeted with an automated response stating ads won’t be removed until . Last year, American Express, Master Card and Visa all stopped processing Backpage payments, fearing the possibility of illegal transactions after Chicago Sheriff Thomas Dart wrote a letter requesting the companies remove the use of their cards on Backpage.Although Backpage successfully took the Sheriff to court, claiming he “threatened” the credit card companies, none have opted back in.The online classified ad company “Backpage,” however, has become the Walmart of sex trafficking and prostitution. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) told a recent Senate subcommittee that 71 percent of all suspected child sex trafficking cases have a link to Backpage. As of 2014, Backpage had an EBITDA margin (measure of profitability) of 82 percent, compared with a 9.3 percent average for similar online service companies. Backpage has been accused by several advocacy groups—including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Shared Hope, and Polaris—of actively assisting pimps by editing ads to avoid detection from law enforcement while increasing their customer base. On March 17, the Senate held Backpage in contempt for refusing to comply with their subpoena. Denying they are co-conspirators, Backpage maintains they merely provide a forum for free speech in the form of advertising.
For a modest fee, traffickers can post sex ads of women and children they control with force or fraud. According to Dawn Hawkins, executive director for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Backpage posts one million sex ads a day. According to the Justice Department, more than half of known victims in the U. In December, Backpage sued the Department of Justice to prevent the enforcement of a new anti-trafficking law. Backpage is the go-to site for law enforcement investigating sex trafficking.Many believe an easily accessible, public Backpage assists law enforcement in catching traffickers.In reality, though, Backpage enables law enforcement to rescue only a handful of victims compared to the thousands they place on a public auction block each day.“The other pictures in the ad included topless photos.” Can you imagine her parents upon seeing that ad?It’s time to hold Backpage accountable for its crimes, and to give voice to the rights of thousands of vulnerable children forced to give their bodies to strangers each day to pad both the pockets of traffickers and It's a rare writer who seriously builds on plain vanilla True Love as a pillar of the plot.