Backpage has always claimed it doesn’t control sex-related ads. New documents show otherwise.
An unrelated lawsuit uncovered troves of documents and data revealing Backpage’s aggressive operation to post sex-related ads.
Human Sex Trafficking Victim Speaks: "I Was Drugged And Forced To Do Porn"
"Sex is a connection between two people," she says. "For women who have been trafficked or worked in the industry, that whole concept has been changed for them. Sex is turned into something they do to serve somebody — and often in a violent manner."
If women's rights are human rights, why do such organisations push for the decriminalisation of prostitution?
In March last year a whistleblower inside Amnesty International leaked to me what turned out to be the final position paper supporting blanket decriminalisation of the sex trade. This position – in which support for pimps and punters superseded that of abused and marginalised women – was officially adopted in August 2016, to much fanfare from the “sex workers’ rights” movement, and consternation from feminist abolitionists.