Blockchain analysis has been used by a UC Berkeley PhD candidate to identify sex trafficking rings, through the linking of Bitcoin payments made for online adult advertisements.
Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer was arrested in Houston in relation to an outstanding California warrant for multiple charges including prostitution. Backpage is considered the largest advertiser of adult escort services in the US.1219
BitQuick announced that users on the security-oriented company Coinkite.com will be able to conveniently utilize the BitQuick platform directly from within Coinkite's wallet interface.707
Classified ads site Backpage.com has filed a lawsuit against the County Sheriff who led a successful campaign to have Visa and MasterCard cut its payment processing.429
International classified ad sites Backpage.com has switched to providing exclusively cryptocurrency payments for its adult entertainment section.13690
The personal ad site Backpage has just had its payment processing terminated by both Visa and Mastercard, following termination by American Express last year.1536