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The organization said this was “directly correlated to the increased use of the internet to sell children for sex.”Backpage, where revenue increased to 5 million in 2014 from .3 million in 2008, derived more than 90 percent of its earnings from its adult ads, according to the California Department of Justice.

Backpage representatives declined to comment, but in a statement released in January the company said it had notified law enforcement whenever it became aware of illegal activity.

The demise of Backpage’s adult ads undermined the trade, but it also illustrated how difficult it is to stamp out the practice of selling children for sex.In the midst of a Senate investigation, a federal grand jury inquiry in Arizona, two federal lawsuits and criminal charges in California accusing Backpage’s operators of pimping children, the website abruptly bowed to pressure in January and replaced its sex ads with the word “Censored” in red.Even so, Tiffany — a street name — did not stop using the site, she said.The county’s population is 7 percent African-American.“We educate our judges that although there is no single buyer profile, buyers are predominantly white, educated, married men,” said Victoria Sweet, a lawyer for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.It is unclear how many minors are forced into prostitution each year, but the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said reports of online child sex trafficking had increased by more than 800 percent from 2010 to 2015.

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