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When the U. Back, a classifieds site where users advertised everything from sex to accommodations, was seized on Friday as part of a crackdown by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U. The site now displays a U. Justice Department notice announcing the seizure. The site has been a hotbed of controversy.
But the shutdown is a cause of fear for some sex workers, Forrester said. Back was one of few sites available to sex workers to advertise their services, she said, adding she worries sex workers who were used to finding clients through Back may feel pushed into working the streets of Toronto. A Star investigation found that Back was the most-used advertising platform for human sex-trafficking victims in Ontario.
Of the sex trafficking cases Toronto police investigated from toevery single girl was advertised on Back. Sold: A Star investigation into the dark underbelly of sex trafficking in Ontario. Sex trafficking case turns on whether websites can be held liable for content created by users.
Airbnb rentals used for human trafficking, Toronto police say. Nunziato Tramontozzi has spent four years working human trafficking cases for the Toronto police. He told the Star that Back was still the No. He learned of the shutdown on Friday, the same day as everyone else, when s started arriving in his inbox. Seven people from Arizona and Texas were indicted on charges from conspiracy to facilitate prostitution to money laundering.
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