WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The classified ad site Backpage.com closed the adult section of its website, its operators said, hours after a Senate committee charged it with facilitating child sex trafficking.
The adult section was closed Monday to online visitors in the United States. The move came after a Senate panel released a report alleging the website concealed criminal activity by removing certain words from advertising that could have revealed prostitution and child sex trafficking. The panel's report came prior to a hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. There are conflicting reports on whether Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer will testify before the subcommittee.