Cook County Sheriff Working To Shut Down Sex Trafficking WebsitesBackpage.com, a website at the center of a sex and human trafficking investigation, may be offline, but authorities say other copycat websites are now posing the same threat.
Chicago Mother In D.C. To See Signing Of FOSTA BillThe FOSTA bill gives prosecutors more power to go after sex trafficking websites as well as enhancing penalties and fines.
Backpage Shut Down By The GovernmentThe federal government sealed the website known for selling sex.
Mother Sues Ad Website, Backpage, For Playing A Role In Daughter's Death A Chicago woman is suing the online classified ad website Backpage.com, saying Backpage is partly responsible for her teenage daughter's death on Christmas Eve.
Slain Teen's Mom Seeks Answers About Alleged Sex TraffickingThe mother of a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly beaten and strangled by a man she met on Backpage.com, after having run away from home, has set her sights on the website.
Backpage Executives Decline To Testify On Child Sex Trafficking ReportBackpage.com took down its adult advertising section this week, and officials declined to testify before a U.S. Senate subcommittee, in the face of a blistering report accusing the website of facilitating child sex trafficking.
Backpage.com Shuts Down ‘Adult’ Ads After Senate Committee ReportThe owners of Backpage.com on Monday shut down the “adult” section on the online-classified advertising site, just hours after a U.S. Senate committee released a report that found the site knowingly aided users in posting ads for prostitution and child sex trafficking.
Classifieds Website Backpage.com Files Lawsuit Against Cook County Sheriff Tom DartBackpage.com is suing Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart over his fight against the classified website's adult section.
Man Charged With Promoting ProstitutionClaudell Arrington, 33, was arrested April 15 when he thought he was going to receive proceeds from a woman he recruited to prostitute for him, according to a statement from the Cook County sheriff’s office.
Accused Rapist Lectured Victims About Prostituting ThemselvesJonathan Ferguson, 23, is charged with armed robbery and aggravated criminal sexual assault with a weapon. After allegedly raping two women, he lectured them about how they shouldn’t be prostituting themselves, Cook County prosecutors said.
Sheriff Advertises Prostitution Sting, But Johns Still ArrestedThe Cook County Sheriff’s Police told them they were coming. The agency took an ad out on Backpage.com and warned it was “investigating and arresting” human sex traffickers and those who enable them by answering escort ads. “They still did it,” Sheriff Tom Dart said. “We knew they would.”
Iowa Man Charged In Chicago Sex Trafficking CaseFerid Mahalbasic, 18, of Waterloo, Iowa, is charged with involuntary servitude of a minor and involuntary servitude, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.