Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says most of the sex trafficking and prostitution cases his office deals with start with the "adult services" ads found at Backpage.com. Choi says the site encourages sex trafficking of children. Prosecutors around the country are pushing for removal of the adult classifieds from the site. CNN profiled a St. Paul woman whose runaway daughter was prostituted through the site.
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The two groups fought about parking prior to the crash.
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A driver crossed over the center median and hit another vehicle.
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City Pages faces criticism for running Backpage ads
A New York blogger is calling out local businesses for continuing to advertise in Minneapolis City Pages despite its affiliation with Backpage.com, a controversial adult section of the classified ads that is tied to child sex trafficking.
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.
City Pages to dump Backpage.com ads
A group that is buying the Village Voice and its affiliated free arts weeklies, including City Pages in the Twin Cities, plans to jettison the online classified site Backpage.com, the Star Tribune reports. The listings have created controversy as critics say it is an online marketplace for the illegal sex industry.
Mom accuses website of stealing daughter
A Minnesota mother says she found her daughter in the adult classified section of Backpage.com, KSTP reports. The woman says her only daughter Mary is using the popular website Backpage.com to advertise as a prostitute. The St. Paul City Council passed a resolution calling on Village Voice Media, owners of the classified ad site Backpage.com, to discontinue the adult section of their online classifieds.
Report: Air quality in Ramsey County worst in the state
The American Lung Association released its "State of the Air" report Wednesday and has given Ramsey County an "F" for "short-term particle pollution." That's down from a "B'' in 2009, a "C" in 2010 and a "D'' in 2011. Overall, Minnesota earned better grades for "high ozone days," but lower grades for "high particle pollution days."
Stalker tracking system makes test run in Ramsey County
Ramsey County begins a pilot project Thursday that will track offenders and notify victims of stalking when a predator is nearby. The GPS tracking device called Stalker Alert requires offenders to where ankle bracelet and victims to carry a small receiver. If the alleged predator enters a five mile radius of the victim, an instant notification would be sent to police and victims by text or audible tone.
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