Backpage.com Sues Sheriff For Persuading Visa, MasterCard To Stop Serving Site

Just a sampling of the adult-entertainment listings on Backpage for the Chicago area.

Earlier this month, the sheriff of Cook County, IL, persuaded both Visa and MasterCard to end their relationships with online classifieds site Backpage.com, alleging the site is known to “promote prostitution and facilitate online sex trafficking.” Today, the website fired back with a lawsuit against the sheriff.

Backpage has continued to offer adult-oriented classified ads for escorts and massages,...

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