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Backpage.com's adult services ads taking heat from Missouri, other states

10:42 AM, May 23, 2012   |    comments
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Jefferson City, MO (KSDK) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has joined other state attorneys general in rejecting a demand regarding Backpage.com's adult services page.

Backpage.com is asking for the states attorneys general to stop asking for the site's adult services sections to be taken down.

Liz McDougall, the general counsel for Backpage, indicated that the company would not have any future conversations with the attorneys general unless officials agreed in advance that they would not call for the elimination of adult ads on the site.

"One reason police are critical of Backpage.com is because too often the victims of prostitution are children," Koster said.

Backpage attorneys took nearly eight months to respond to an August 2011 inquiry from the attorneys general about how the site tries to prevent the exploitation of minors, according to Koster's office. In a March 23 response to the questions posed by attorneys general, Backpage attorneys did not answer all questions posed and McDougall presented a response for the attorneys general to drop their requests.

Koster co-chairs the attorneys general committee involved in this case with Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen.

KSDK

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