Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has issued a statement regarding Backpage.com being seized and shut down by federal authorities.
Attorney General Hawley has been investigating backpage.com regarding the website’s involvement in human trafficking.
Backpage.com sued General Hawley personally to block the investigation, but lost in court.
“This is a critical step in our efforts to end human trafficking. Human trafficking is a scourge on our society. My message to traffickers is: We will find you and we will bring you to justice,” Hawley said in news release.
Hawley says his is a big step forward, but work must go on.
“These criminals will continue to look for ways to exploit young women and men. We cannot take our eye off the ball. That’s why I have a message for anyone intending to set up shop in Missouri to enable human trafficking - we will not be intimidated, we will track you down, and bring you to justice.”
On Friday, Backpage.com had a banner across its website Friday saying it had been seized by law enforcement.
The banner says, "backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action" by the FBI, US Postal Inspection Service and the IRS Criminal Investigation Division.