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What is Backpage.com?

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Backpage is described as a classifieds website similar to Craigslist. But, on Backpage, you can see adult ads for escorts and if you click on it, you're taken to a page to accept terms of service. Backpage is described as a classifieds website similar to Craigslist. But, on Backpage, you can see adult ads for escorts and if you click on it, you're taken to a page to accept terms of service.
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The investigation all started on January 26th when police responded to a shooting. But it was a website called Backpage that detectives used to track down the alleged illegal activity. Police say the boys were using Backpage.com to advertise the girls. But what exactly is Backpage?

Backpage is described as a classifieds website similar to Craigslist. But, on Backpage, you can see adult ads for escorts and if you click on it, you're taken to a page to accept terms of service. There’s even a line on that page that reads "I also agree to report suspected exploitation of minors and/or human trafficking to the appropriate authorities."

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