No politician or attorney will argue with an organization like The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. That said, I do not believe that shutting down the escort ads on Backpage will stop the exploitation of children, sex trafficking, or child prostitution. To argue that the prosecution of Backpage's CEO is harassment is foolish. The New York Times article posted by @azdr0710 states that Backpage's CEO was subpoenaed by a Senate subcommittee to testify about child sex-trafficking ads last year and did not show up. That probably did not bode well for him. This is not quite as stupid as someone who claimed not to be a pimp calling himself "cyberpimp," but it is close. Although we do not prosecute people for stupidity, Carl Ferrer did contribute to his being charged. He could have testified and potentially helped his own cause.