Globe and Mail: Backpage faces pressure to crack down on human trafficking ads in Canada
by Tavia Grant
Globe and Mail. May 1, 2017
It was a splashy announcement: A police investigation into human trafficking in London, Ont., dubbed Project Equinox resulted in 78 arrests and 129 Criminal Code charges last month. Eighteen women and girls “in the sex trade as a result of human trafficking” were helped to get out. The youngest was 15.
One detail did not appear in the news release: Every one of the 18 victims had been advertised on the classified ad website Backpage.com.