Yes, if Backpage's sex ads close down tomorrow, child sex trafficking will still continue. But a business model that unapologetically relies on the selling of children for profit will have been dismantled.
This project and has women in the windows of retail stores with price tags and for sale signs listing age, weight and other details as if they were just another item for sale along with everything else.
The responsibility lies with the U.S. government to ensure that these workers -- who provide valuable services to our troops and embassies -- are not trafficked, forced into indentured servitude, or otherwise exploited on the taxpayer's dime.
Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal business in the world, according to the State Department. It ranks only second to drug trafficking in profitability, bringing in an estimated $32 billion annually.