Backpage Cleveland | What is it? | What’s next?
Backpage is a classified advertising website launched in 2004. Up until its seizure by U.S. authorities in 2018, it offered classified listings for a wide variety of products and services including automotive, jobs listings, and real estate.
In 2011, Backpage was the second largest classified ad listing service on the Internet in the United States after Craigslist..
As of 6 April 2018 backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the United States Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigator Division, with analytical assistance from the Joint Regional Intelligence Center.
Until January 9, 2017, Backpage contained an adult section containing different subcategories of various sex work professions (escorts, erotic masseuses, strippers, phone sex operators, etc.).
After accusations from the United States Senate of being directly involved with sex-trafficking and the sexual exploitation of minors, the company suspended its adult listings, describing the move as “the direct result of unconstitutional government censorship”.