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High Court won't hear appeal over escort ads
Published in 10-1-2017
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WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court said Monday it won't hear an appeal from three sex trafficking victims who accuse advertising website of helping to promote the exploitation of children. In a related development, a Senate subcommittee released a report Monday that accused Backpage of concealing evidence of criminal activity by systematically editing its "adult" ads to remove words that indicate sex trafficking. Senate investigators have called Backpage a market leader in sex advertising and it has been linked to hundreds of reported cases of sex trafficking. Prosecutors have alleged that more than 90 percent of Backpage's revenue millions of dollars each month comes from adult escort ads that use coded language and nearly nude photos to offer sex for money.