Mostly, these ads come in the form of Facebook pages, blog posts or tweets advertising an escort service or individual sex workers.
Researchers also found such ads on and (interestingly, the latter is owned by the New York Times Co., which employs Kristof, arguably the most vocal critic of Backpage).
Riverside and San Bernardino are among the Inland cities that have arrested pimping suspects based on investigations into ads on Backpage and other websites. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held a hearing on the subcommittee’s report Tuesday.
Backpage and Craigslist are just two sites, and both have taken pretty aggressive steps to eliminate ads involving trafficking in children." The AIM report doesn't look specifically at the existence of trafficking ads, as opposed to general sex ads, but as anti-trafficking activists have told me, they see the two as inseparable.
The release lays out the financial benefit to hosting such ads: "Whether free or paid, listings and ads for escort services and similar adult content frequently serve a business purpose for sites like and YP.com," the report explains.
"They drive traffic and page-views; they deliver legitimate results for seemingly (or pseudo-) legitimate businesses; and they provide search results with adjacent paid or pay-per-click ads, which can generate revenue as they are served." The volume of these ads is nowhere near that on Backpage, but AIM's finding shows how easily sex ads proliferate online, even in "legitimate" online venues.
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Facebook Marketplace has been around for years, but the company relaunched the feature in late 2016.