According to a growing list of religious groups, feminists, celebrities and policy makers, adult classifieds website is profiting from one of the ugliest crimes on the planet: sex trafficking.
Backpage’s critics say they are facilitating sex slavery and should shut the site down.
The "piazzas" are scattered throughout the centre of Athens, but recently the phenomenon has spread within a radius of about 1.5 kilometres from Omonia Square, in all directions, and it continues to grow steadily.
I moved back to New York from Cairo in January of 2014, and among the biggest culture shocks was American Tinder.
In Cairo, there was the occasional woman, mostly Russian tourists on holiday, using the mobile dating app; in New York, I met a torrent of instant flirtation.
New York Times writer Nick Kristof pressured Goldman Sachs to unload its shares in Village Voice Media overnight (and at a million loss) in March.
In July, Washington State introduced a legislative attack on CDA230 that aims to make websites like Backpage criminally responsible for third-party content posted by minors – a move that put the EFF on the offensive on behalf of the Internet Archive, Senior Staff Attorney Matt Zimmerman says, to make sure the legislation “doesn’t cross the line to the government throwing people in jail for what their users do.” Backpage counters they are doing more to fight sexual exploitation than any other classified ad site on the web and have no plans to shut the site down.