July 8 2015

Mass Attorney General Calls on Backpage to Remove Adult Section After Burlington Murder

By: Rich Hosford

Massachusetts’ top law enforcer is calling for the website allegedly used by two men accused of murdering a woman in Burlington to remove a controversial service. 

Attorney General Maura Healey issued a statement calling on the classified ad site Backpage.com to delete the “adult” section of its website. That section includes an “escort” section where people advertise in-person services. 

“As we have seen through our office’s work, Backpage.com and the internet have become increasingly popular vehicles for commercial sexual exploitation,” Healey said. “In fact, most of the human trafficking cases that our office has prosecuted specifically involve advertisements on Backpage. It is clear that Backpage must do more to end the kind of exploitation that is advertised every day on its site. Today, I am calling on Backpage to immediately shut down the ‘adult’ section of its website – a long overdue step that I urge them to take now.”

Healey’s statement came a day after it was reported that Epshod Jeune and Derrell Fisher, the two accused of murdering Sanisha Johnson in the Extended Stay America hotel, contacted the victim through the “escort” section of the site. They are also accused of assaulting and robbing another woman, also contacted through the site, at the Red Roof Inn in Woburn. 

Craigslist, the largest classified site in the country, removed a similar section of its website in 2010 after facing similar pressure from law enforcement agencies. 


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