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Senate report slams XXX site

NY Daily NewsNicole Hensley
BACKPAGE.COM shuttered its adult listings hours after a scathing Senate report accused the classifieds website of covering up illegal sex activity through filters.
The controversial site concealed its practice of deleting words, phrases and images alluding to sex trafficking and underaged sex from listings as early as 2006, according to findings released this week by Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
man (R-Ohio). The report depicted Backpage.com as "the leading online marketplace for commercial sex" and slammed any defense suggesting otherwise as "fiction."
"Those practices served to sanitize the content of innumerable advertisements for illegal transactions," according to the report.
A Backpage.com spokesman attacked the Senate's investigation as "unconstitutional government censorship" and said losing the personals would hurt efforts to catch human traffickers.
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