On the heels of a pair of arrests linked to adult services postings on Backpage.com, the Kansas Attorney General is now pushing for more restrictions on the website.

On the heels of a pair of arrests linked to adult services postings on Backpage.com, the Kansas Attorney General is now pushing for more restrictions on the website.

Monday, Steve Six said that additional restrictions were needed even following an announcement by the website that they will suspend certain sections of their adult and personal ads.

“We must continue to shine a light on these dark corners of the Internet where girls and young women are being victimized each and every day,” said Six. “Today’s announcement by Backpage.com is a welcome step but is only the beginning in cracking down on predators who are thriving online.”

The announcement came a week after the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, with help from the attorney general’s office, announced a pair of arrests tied to an ad placed on the website.

In each case, individuals allegedly traveled to meet with what they believed to be a 14 year old girl with the intention of having sex.

On Tuesday, Backpage.com announced they would “immediately” suspend certain areas of its personals and adult sections of the site while it “continues to develop technologies, features and programs specifically tailored to prevent the misuse of the site and its services.”

The site also called for the creation of a multi-stakeholder national task force to create best practices in the online classifieds industry to help stop the ability to advertise illegally.

“As Attorneys General, we are committed to attacking the crimes of human trafficking and prostitution before they happen, not waiting while more and more girls and young women are victimized,” said Six, referring to the multi-state group of AGs who have called on sites like Craigslist and Backpage.com to take down its adult ads. “If you are engaging in child prostitution or child pornography online, we are going to find you and we will take you down.

“Only through strict review can these ads be targeted. I am encouraged by today’s announcement but I will continue to push for further restrictions and safeguards being put into place soon.”

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140