Mpls. City Council takes measures to shut down Backpage adult section

The Minneapolis City Council Friday approved a resolution to close down the controversial adult section of the classified ads website Backpage.com. The Star Tribune says 20 child sex trafficking cases that Minneapolis police investigated so far this year involved juveniles advertised on the website.
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The Minneapolis City Council Friday approved a resolution to close down the controversial adult section of the classified ads website Backpage.com. The Star Tribune says 20 child sex trafficking cases that Minneapolis police investigated so far this year involved juveniles advertised on the website.

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