The disabled site's co-owner Michael Lacey's home was reportedly raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a tweet by Evan Wyloge of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting. The company shuttered its adult section past year in response to government pressure.
Buses in Syria's Eastern Ghouta for more evacuations
In April 2017, under a deal sponsored by regime ally Iran and rebel backer Qatar, almost 11,000 people leave four besieged areas. Local activists have said that over 100,000 civilians were trapped inside Douma, which suffered devastating damage.
The Backpage.com website has been accused of conducting investigations for several years because it was used to promote prostitution and money laundering. But Sen. Heidi Heitkamp celebrated the action, saying, "Today, Backpage was shut down". Though the site faced heavy pressure from advocacy groups, among others, many defended it under free speech claims. They singled out Backpage, citing dozens of instances in which minors had been trafficked via the site. Many Backpage users and their allies are discussing the financial ramifications of the move, including the loss of funds used to purchase ad space on the site, with more than a few individuals anxious about refunds.
"Other agencies participating in and supporting the enforcement action include the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona, the U.S. Department of Justice's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, the office of the California Attorney General, and the office of the Texas Attorney General". If this is true, it is a major blow to those involved in trafficking, as it shuts down a major avenues for people to connect with escorts.
SA ex-Prez Zuma charged with corruption
In 2016, the High Court ruled that Mpshe's decision to drop the charges was irrational and ordered the charges be reinstated. However, the opponents of the ex-South African leader think that the court trial is long overdue.
The website Backpage.com was taken down Friday and seized by federal law enforcement authorities, according to a notice posted online. The CEO of the website, Carl Ferrer, was arrested back in 2016 on pimping charges - suggesting that the leadership was well aware of the material on the site and perhaps warranting the backpage.com shutdown.
Executives from backpage.com insist they are protected by the Communications Decency Act which regulates pornographic material on the Internet, and suggests that the law states that the sites can't be held responsible for content created by third parties.
Russian Federation vows tough response to new United States sanctions
The ministry said no pressure could make Russia change course and that the sanctions would only unite Russian society. Some, but not all, of the individuals sanctioned will also be prohibited from entering the United States .
The seizure is a result of the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (H.R. 1865) that was passed on February 27 by Congress. He has said that Backpage knows it is accepting ads for prostitution, even though specific references to that crime are not present in the ads.