Liz Mc Dougall, a lawyer for LLC, said the goal of the lawsuit "is to ensure that one elected official, particularly a county sheriff, cannot dictate what speech is or is not appropriate." Author: Nicholas Kristof, New York Times (USA) “Making Life Harder for Pimps“, …Pimps can no longer easily use American Express, Visa or Master Card to pay for prostitution ads in which they sell 15-year-old girls as if they were pizzas…Human trafficking is one of the most insidious human rights abuses in the United States — some 100,000 minors are trafficked into the sex trade each year in America…A website called has for years dominated the sex trade advertising business…allowed to operate because of a loophole in the Communications Decency Act…Sheriff Tom Dart of Cook County, Ill., wrote tough letters to Visa and Master Card, calling on them to stop allowing their cards to pay for sex ads on Backpage. American Express in April stopped working with Backpage for adult ads, so as of the beginning of July pimps had no easy way to pay for advertisements…“When on Backpage, I was advertised in the same way as a car or a phone, but with even less value than a bike,” one girl…said [adding that] she was advertised at the age of 15 and 16 and raped 1,000 times as a result…
In this list, there may be some retailers, in particular aggregators and marketplaces, that only accept American Express for certain items.
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Critics claim the site is used to sexually exploit young women and plays a role in sex trafficking in the USA by hosting thousands of ads for prostitutes.
The company is suing an Illinois sheriff for damages after he convinced the credit card companies to stop processing payments for sex ads listings on the site.
The civil complaint…asserts that the purported victims…were sold for sex in Massachusetts and Rhode Island more than 1,900 times combined when they were from 15 to 17 years of age.