Seven Officials at Backpage Arrested for Conspiracy, Money Laundering

Seven top officials of the website, long accused of facilitating child sex trafficking, have been arrested after a grand jury in Phoenix issued a 93-count indictment alleging conspiracy and money laundering, and the government seized all of Backpage’s websites around the world. The indictment accuses Backpage of facilitating prostitution committed by those posting ads on the site, specifically citing 17 victims trafficked on Backpage, some as young as 14.