Bye Bye, Backpage.com: Feds Seize Classifieds Site

But the site has since then faced a slew of other lawsuits alleging child sex trafficking.

Numerous other state and federal authorities in Arizona, California and Texas were also "participating in and supporting the enforcement action", the notice stated.

If you don't know about Backpage, they've always been used by prostitutes to advertise services, as well as other manners of conventional adult advertisements.

A spokesperson for the Justice Department confirmed to CNN that the website has been seized and that additional information will be provided after 6 p.m. ET.

The notice said Backpage and affiliated websites were seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies as part of a "law enforcement action".

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In 2016, a Senate subcommittee launched an investigation into Backpage's role in child sex trafficking and found that Backpage modified the wording of ads to delete references to children, while still allowing the ads to stand.

The Justice Department spent three years investigating Backpages.com before Ferrer's first arrest, employing at one point an undercover operation aimed at confirming allegations that escorts ads were for the sole objective of buying and selling sex.

The FBI said it would share more details about the seizure later this afternoon. It is awaiting President Donald Trump's signature. Under Lacey and partner Jim Larkin, New Times Inc. owned 13 newspapers by 2001.

A Phoenix FBI official said that there was "law enforcement activity" on Friday at the Sedona, Arizona home of Michael Lacey, one of the founders of Backpage.

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