Policy Timeline

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  • April 6, 2018 - BackPage.com Seized by the FBI

    After sustained allegations that the site facilitates sex trafficking, on Friday morning the FBI seized BackPage.com and raided the Arizona home of co-founder Michael Lacey. The DOJ maintains the site leadership have a responsibility for user posted ads they say featured sex trafficking victims - the private government filings paint a more complex story and sex worker orgs decried a loss of a working platform.

  • June 25, 1910 - Congress Passes the Mann Act aka The White Slave Traffic Act of 1910

    After several years of moral outrage around immigrant prostitutes', congress passed a law that made it illegal to "transport any woman or girl" across state lines "for any immoral purpose." The most high profile uses of the law were criminalization of non-commercial sexuality or often with racist purposes such as the high profile case of boxer Jack Johnson, who was targeted for dating white women.