Prostitution

Kamala Harris' futile attack on Backpage.com

Kamala Harris' futile attack on Backpage.com

The Internet has paid countless dividends to the public, speeding the pace of innovation, closing the distance between peoples and cultures, empowering individuals and opening wellsprings of information and knowledge. But there’s an undeniably ugly side to it as well, from hacking and intrusive data collection to harassment, trolling and a dark web of criminal activity.

A good example is the way prostitution and sex trafficking have flourished online. Analysts say much of the marketing and financial transactions for the sex trade have shifted from the street to the Internet — with the most popular venue for attracting clients being the online...

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