Bob Turner introduces an anti-Backpage resolution, and sees a victory

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Bob Turner. (Reid Pillifant)
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Republican Representative Bob Turner introduced a House resolution today condemning Backpage.com and calling for Village Voice Media to eliminate the site's "adult services section."

“The adult section of Backpage.com has been shown to be a hub for the despicable act of human trafficking," Turner said in a press release. "We cannot allow the site to continue to serve as a means of advertisement for criminals and sexual predators. The executives at Village Voice Media cannot continue making a profit off of this illegal activity. This section of Backpage.com should be taken down immediately. ”

Turner's resolution comes a few days after two of his colleagues in the House, Democratic representatives Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler, sent a strongly-worded letter to Village Voice Media, and a week after Senator Kirsten Gillibrand co-sponsored a Sense of the Senate resolution condemning the site.

But where Maloney and Nadler expressed skepticism about the company's justifications for continuing to maintain the site, Turner expressed optimism about the results of congressional pressure, and even looked past that presumed victory. 

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“I believe that the owners of the site will heed the requests from Congress and take the adult section down," Turner said in the release.

"But we cannot celebrate the victory and walk away from the issue. We have an opportunity to work with members of the business community to develop a solution that will protect our children from this type of exploitation."