But then she goes to her closet and digs out a pair of sky-high silver stilettos. They are a glimpse into another kind of life -- the memory of which haunts her. Those shoes are a painful reminder of how she was coerced into selling her body for sex by an older man she hoped would become her boyfriend. Instead, she worked long hours in hotel rooms where she would service up to 20 men a night. Megan's pimp did not make her walk the streets, she said.
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Backpage: Nothing online has replaced it, and sex workers feel less safe.
Girls Sold for Sex Online, Backpage Defends Decision to Keep Ads Up
In , the U. S department of justice seized and shutdown Backpage. In an instant, thousands of escorts, massage therapists, and BDSM providers had no way of finding clients. Since the shut down, a large array of "backpage alternatives" have popped up across the globe, some reliable and some not. We're here to put these so-called alternatives to rest, so you can find workers without the hassle of trawling through scams and fake ads.
Backpage was a classified advertising website that had become the largest marketplace for buying and selling sex by the time that federal law enforcement agencies seized it in April Backpage's adult services sections became the subject of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation , the United States Postal Inspection Service , the United States Department of Justice ,  the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigator Division , with analytical assistance from the Joint Regional Intelligence Center over accusations that the website knowingly allowed and encouraged users to post ads related to prostitution and human trafficking , particularly involving minors, and took steps to intentionally obfuscate the activities. As part of his plea agreement Ferrer agreed to shut down the site and give its data to law enforcement. Backpage was launched in by New Times Media later to be known as Village Voice Media , a publisher of 11 alternative newsweeklies, as a free classified advertising website. Backpage soon became the second largest online classified site in the United States.