Backpage seized

Classifieds marketplace Backpage.com has been seized by the federal government. The seizure occurred hours after the founder's Phoenix home was raided, according to the NY Daily News. Craigslist.com shut down its personals section after Congress approved legislation making it illegal to advertise sex trafficking online.

Backpage.com founder Michael Lacey's Sedona home was raided by the FBI Friday morning, the News reports.

Lacey's neighbors witnessed the raid conducted by agents with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Visitors to Backpage.com see a landing page notice from the federal government announcing the seizure.

“backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, with analytical assistance from the Joint Regional Intelligence Center,” the announcement read.

The seizure sent a strong message to other personals websites that the government is taking the new law seriously.

Usually when a website is seized by the federal government, it is gone forever.

  • http://tidal.com/#!/us/store/album/84712684 Django the God

    It's hard out here for a pimp.

  • Miss Thang

    It’s about damn time.

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    Half of the lazy people on twitter will be forced to get jobs, now... or file for disability. LOL

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Long overdue.

  • SweetTEE

    What took so long? The people who used this site will continue to advertise themselves on other social media platforms while claiming that they "model" and you can email them on some free gmail account for "book purposes".

  • FukkFolks2018

    So I can no longer advertise my ex bf's in the men seeking men section as revenge? Wtf?

  • Jethro
  • bemetoo

    Ig Facebook Twitter blackplanet singelsmeet.com all solicits sex

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    So many married men are pissed right now.

    Ha,ha,ha!!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Ouch!

  • stav

    They'll just mosey on over to Instagram....which is the equivalent!

  • angrysolo

    dayum they really gon have to get back on the curb with all these crackdowns! wonder if websites like seeking arrangements and christian mingle are next?

  • angrysolo

    exactly, all instagram needs to do is add a payment service and it’ll be smooth as butter

  • angrysolo

    now is human trafficking different from prostitution. i always thought trafficking was like forced sex slavery.... or is it all just under the same umbrella these days...

  • Quitedeliteful

    dayum they really gon have to get back on the curb with all these crackdowns!
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    Snicker....

  • Fire & Ice

    Lol

  • Victorious82

    Dang where is my hubbys baby mama gonna get work now? ?????

  • the guest

    I am so naive because I thought social media was for sharing family memories with family. Aren't people afraid of committing crime on social media because it is monitored.

  • the guest

    Evil.

  • countrygal

    **rubs hands together like Birdman** you’sa cold one....but i like it teeheeee

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Good! Maybe that will make them find s3x the old-fashioned way... face to face, in bars, grocery stores, at church, and on the streets!

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    There gonna be a lot of men thats not gonna know what to do with themselves lol

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    They'll do what they did before the internet came along.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Put their pic and phone number up and list them as a power bottom. Pay the extra $1 for them to automatically bump the listing up everyday as new.

    Always list it where they are and in Atlanta??.

    "I don't know WHO would list you on Backpage. Whomever did it is a sick person though". Then block them from calling me.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Unfortunatley, another disgusting website is being created as I type this, to replace that website.

    Prostitution will never end because its the oldest profession. Just like child trafficking. These sick fvcks who deserve dèath, always find a way to do their dirt.

    I wish they would start branding these men who are caught doing this like cattle, when they abuse children. At least we would know, right off what and who we are dealing with.

    Oh my bad, certain pôlice, judg3s and prësidents would have to be branded too. So good luck with exposing the truth and ending that sick cycle.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    The sex offender registry is closest thing we have to branding them and that doesn't curb their behavior, because nothing is stronger than nature.

    Believe it or not, I had a friend who was a registered sex offender. He had a thing for under-aged gang bangers. Most of his illegal activity took place in his mother's house. He was so out of control, I stopped communicating with him. One day, he was driving through his neighborhood, and car pulled up next to him, and sprayed his vehicle with bullets. Miraculously, the gunman missed his target. Did that stop my "friend?" No, but a fatal heart attack did.

  • Malcom Flex

    GOOD too many of our young black sisters were pimped by simp black males on that!!

  • SaltineCrackers

    About time!

  • tintin

    Old white men along with Muslim men that smell like garlic must be stressed

  • KISSmyENTIREass

    Another page will be made for men who love chicks with dicks ugggghhhh ??

  • Judi Lauren

    Lol... I was about to say I know someone who will not be too happy...

  • Look@m3

    They just need to add their paypal in the subject heading.....all done. lol

  • KISSmyENTIREass

    This not the first one... Honestly Craigslist is the and does the same thing.

  • Look@m3

    OH MY!!!!

  • KISSmyENTIREass

    no doll all men who loves CHICKS WITH dicks love this site more than anything!

  • KISSmyENTIREass

    now they gon turn to craiglist.. it's the same

  • DOUBTIN THOMAS

    lol

  • MythCalledLove

    Shut em down means nothing. Just like the fake purse websites. You can't silence this. What's the saying "You build it they will..

  • They’re ALL false God’s fools

    "The oldest profession" is as old as dirt. As long as men have dicks and women have pussies it's still gonna be around. Male cops have dicks too, ya know what I'm sayin?? wink wink lol. Nuf said, I'm a bounce peace.

  • Kimberly King

    Two totally different things. Trafficking is forcing someone. Pure prostitution is free-will.

  • Kimberly King

    Selling P is only illegal because the government can’t come up with a sophisticated way to tax it. Weed is legal in plenty of states today because the government figured out a way to make money off it. I never understood America’s obsession with telling people what to do with THEIR bodies. Let people have abortions and sell twat in peace.

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    Man I wonder what my worthless ex is going to do with his existence. No backpage, no craigslist personals. I guess there's still Tinder?

  • zero options

    and in cities all across america our internet speed just got faster!

  • Freeriah

    Right

  • XoXo

    Mine too. That’s the very reason we broke up & I shamed & blasted him on the very website he was soliciting on. I put his entire name & city he lives in & everything. Low life mf was buying random sex.

  • XoXo

    Craigslist is shit down too. They are going to have to go back to hitting the streets! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ca76781ed776952eac1df6ed85b7efc81be947c6cf3fd10953544fa096a8e6c4.jpg

  • RealATLPeach36

    I just heard of black page or back page a year ago. I asked a co worker why were people laughing about the page... she explained you can find anything there. Sex money kids etc. I was like how is the legal, she said it’s not, I said well if you know this everyone knows, therefore the gov’t hasn’t done anything so it’s legal.

    She said the gov’t will shut it down when a top official get caught up, only to rid any trace of young boy trafficking.

    A year later..I guess she was correct?????

  • Patricia

    yes, big brother is merely controlling the narrative with all these recent headlining "exposures" in the media.
    hell, all those politicians are gay and pedos and have been so for centuries dating back to the kings and pharoahs.

  • Patricia

    theyre all going to the same hell so it really doesnt matter. all this pretend sophistication and civilization america likes to tout in a front to the rest of the world. i can see why some want her to take the masks pff and let the hair down, phony azz

  • Patricia

    folks just will not repent.

  • Patricia

    "monitored" by those all committing the same crimes themselves...

  • brooklyn23

    Yep. Judges all them mofos are pedos. Thats why they be slapping a convicted pedo on the hand. That shit be light shit, but a mofo sells a few pounds of fcking bud and they throwing the book at that person. So backwards

  • brooklyn23

    Should of put that mofos pic up nasty mofo. Got a woman at home and looking for shit out there. Niggas never be satisfied tf

  • brooklyn23

    Ugh i cant

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    Just horrible. Can you believe I found this out in a marriage? Got tested and got rid of the loser. Nothing but bliss since then

  • king shun

    human trafficking is the pimp kicking the female out and she get mad run to the police and say he forced her to sell herself..thats human trafficking

  • Shira Harding-James

    Yes, this was big news in Arizona for 2 days now.....about time is what I say!

  • McKay

    Couldn't you have just moved on with your head held high instead of being bitter. Did you ever ask me why he was soliciting sex from others?

  • McKay

    I agree. Men will continue to buy no stopping them. This has been around for a longgg time.

  • hottlanta

    Good for you. Glad you didn't stay afraid of what other women might say "you can't keep a man" or "you didn't try hard enough to save your marriage". I tell women all the time you don't have to apologize for leaving for saving your life. Your marriage/relationship is not for their entertainment.

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    It was the hardest thing to and people had lots to say. I just knew there was no way I invested so much in my life to let a wayward man put my health at risk. I had to put my life first.

  • hottlanta

    Women are taught to put everyone first but themselves. Women kill me talking bout they don't want to get divorced because they don't want to be a statistic as being single. The horror of it all. Wow they should be proud to be a statistic for being in an unhappy marriage at any cost or stay and catch a disease and be in the statistic for the CDC for having STD/AIDS. Yet but as long as they are in the statistic and check the box still married it is all good. BRAVO for you. You have to be brave to say you are happy and single.

  • hottlanta

    Just like ole boy who made a grip off those "Girl's Gone Wild" tape. He was going across the country to college campuses and girls would show their boobs, drink and do all kinds of crazy stuff on tape. Some men were enjoying watching it until someone who was important daughter was on there and now all of a sudden it is illegal. They locked him up and everything. It was crazy.

  • hottlanta

    Now everybody favorite all-American white man who wore khaki's, spoke in a soft tone, non-threatening and ate only Subway sandwiches, Jared is suing for 57 million dollars said he was treated unfairly. Pedo's have all kinds of rights.
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/jared-fogle-seeks-57-million-183515892.html

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Good move, and long overdue. But I'm not sure this will change much.
    It's like when you kick the drug dealers off one street corner, they'll just set up shop on another corner 2 blocks down. Same thing with prostitution and sex trafficking. As long as there's a demand there will be a supply, and they'll find each other.

  • gail jones

    No truer words have ever been spoken

  • gail jones

    I like you

  • Faux Gibbler

    So any website that has personals risks this?

  • Faux Gibbler

    Oh.. so the owners of the site weren't monitoring it.. ok. I was thinking any website that has personals now risks this?

  • Faux Gibbler

    What is a popular fake purse site?

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    Pls.
    They’re not worried about the trafficking, they’re mad they’re not getting their share of the profits. Me no dummy.

  • Bonita

    Prostitution will remain illegal in America unless the government can come up with a way to tax pimps and hoes.

  • the guest

    Mark Zuckerberg may be unethical but he is not a s-ex trafficker. People who own and monitor social media can simply report trafficking to law enforcement.

  • XoXo

    No, and yes to your questions. Now keep it moving.

  • XoXo

    I believe it. Most of the men on there were married seeking random sex. He texted me the other day out of the blue. I responded with the you tube song to “Hell To Tha Naw Naw Naw!” Glad you got out of it, and I’m ecstatic about life as well without him.

  • XoXo

    lol

  • XoXo

    Trust, I made him pay the price.

  • McKay

    Okay..?

  • Enoughsaid2020

    They will find other ways to advertise. SMH!

  • Patricia

    you dont know that man.

  • Monica

    Yeah these men are the worst!!!They walk around here doing exactly what they want and think you should just be there and put up with his mess.They have no regard for your feelings.Its time to worry about you..Happy you moved on..

  • Ant Hill

    your kitty is probably worn out and not enjoyable so he had to go to BP to get right.

  • Ant Hill

    all the dudes you let hit it before you tried to turn into a housewife didn't put your health at risk?

  • Ant Hill

    can i be the next younger man you let holla?

  • Ant Hill

    should we put your pic up and the list of dudes you have let hit? from H* to housewife acting brand new, broad ain't never be loyal.

  • Ant Hill

    you seem to be well knowledgeable of it smh

  • Ant Hill

    easy there Captain Save A H* , you sound like a clown simp righ tnow. Dummy a simp is a man who bows down to women.

  • KISSmyENTIREass

    I'm gay I have transsexual friends who escort on there and what's the smh for? Garbage bitches like you can kiss my ass. You dum miserable bitch woke up strolling comments. get a job bitch ????????????

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    It's called condoms, which married people don't typically use...

  • Yoni7

    A tranny named Shauna Brooks is heated about this. She went out on the stroll and started passing out business cards. She said she was doing "outreach" work because they were not going to stop her coin. LOL

  • Mastermind

    Sedona is an expensive azz town to live in and beautiful all nestled in Verde Valley.

  • Coffy

    Pimps are the scum of the earth, lower than drug dealers to lme. They should get the death penalty to me. I hate them with a passion. I saw this little 13 year old girl on a tv show walking on the stroll. It broke my heart, I couldn't get her out of my mind for days. That image haunted me.

  • XoXo

    Well he found your momma’s post on bp, and went with that one. Now they live happily ever after. Say hi to step daddy. IGNORANT!!!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Say that!!!!?

  • Ant Hill

    suck yo mama biatch

  • Ant Hill

    Oh is that what it is?

  • Ant Hill

    Batty Boy it's Boom Bye Bye in your head faqqot.

  • Ant Hill

    next time tell you ugly mother to swallow instead you male bitch I got Boom Bye bye for your head.

  • KISSmyENTIREass

    you sound so stupid idiot... Your on a gay person site.. ?? yet trying to be anti gay. come out the closet girl. u mad u don't have backpage no more.. where you going to get your chick with a dick lol you love sucking them huh??????

  • countrygal

    ?????

  • brooklyn23

    Awww some woman broke your heart. Good you mpst likely deserved it