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They also say Backpage "encourage[s] dissemination of child sex trafficking content on its website".
They say Backpage is much slower in removing ads that advertise children than ads placed by authorities aimed at trapping traffickers, guides traffickers in creating false pages for underage children, instructs traffickers and buyers on how to pay anonymously, and makes it easier to make adult posts than other posts.
Some say that no efforts to police the site and report bad actors outweigh the negative impact the site may have in this area.
The general counsel for National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said, "Backpage’s reporting is not conducted in good faith." In 2012, at the behest of a number of NGO's including Fair Girls and NCMEC, Fitzgibbon Media (a well-known progressive/liberal public relations agency) created a multimedia campaign to garner support for the anti-Backpage position.
Backpage has had continued issues with credit card processors, who were under pressure from law enforcement to cease working with companies that allegedly allow or encourage illegal prostitution.
In many cases, the critics of Backpage say that these efforts are less than is necessary or possible.
In 2011, Backpage was the second largest classified ad listing service on the Internet in the United States after Craigslist.
Backpage came under fire starting in 2011 for allegations that their adult services subsection was used for prostitution and human trafficking, particularly involving minors, and that the company took insufficient steps to prevent these practices.
Prostitution is illegal throughout the United States, except for some counties in Nevada.
Kristen Di Angelo, executive director of the Sex Workers Outreach Project of Sacramento, criticised the shutdown, questioning how many sex workers across the United States no longer had a way to support themselves.