Rob McKenna, 44 Other AGs Ask Backpage For Records

August 31, 2011

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna and 44 other AGs from around the country have asked to turn over their records to substantiate the company's claims they are working to prevent juveniles from being sold into the sex trade on the site. McKenna also wants Backpage to remove their adult services section, as Craigslist has done.

In a letter sent to Backpage's lawyers this morning, the AGs refer to Backpage as a "hub" for trafficking minors and notes that juvenile prostitution has been linked to Backpage in 22 states.

"Backpage sets a minimal bar for content review," the letter says.

The AGs have asked Backpage to provide records going back to 2010 "in lieu of a subpoena" to show how many ads Backpage staff have actually reviewed.

McKenna is holding a press conference at 10am. We'll report back with more shortly.

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