New Blackburn ad touts role in fighting prostitution website

Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn’s latest ad touts her role in fighting the thinly-veiled prostitution website Backpage.com.

“Backpage.com operated in over 97 countries. Billions of dollars, trafficking human beings, even our children,” Blackburn says in the ad, her third of the Senate race so far. “It’s sick, it’s immoral, and it’s why I fought to shut them down. Human trafficking is a tragedy that must be stopped.” 

Backpage.com’s website was seized by the FBI in April and its CEO pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against other website officials charged with facilitating prostitution and money laundering. a 93-count indictment alleges that teenage girls were sold for sex on the site. President Donald Trump in this year signed a bill dubbed “FOTSA,” or the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. The bill passed the House 388-25 (Blackburn was one of 174 co-sponsors).

Here’s a transcript of the ad:

Backpage.com operated in over 97 countries. Billions of dollars, trafficking human beings, even our children. It’s sick, it’s immoral, and it’s why I fought to shut them down. Human trafficking is a tragedy that must be stopped. I’m Marsha Blackburn. I approve this message because I’ll always fight those who prey on our most vulnerable.

11 Responses to New Blackburn ad touts role in fighting prostitution website

  • James White says:

    I though Marsha was big on the Constitution. I don’t see anywhere in the constitution where congress has authority to do anything.

  • MarLE says:

    Is this ad supposed to create the impression that ONLY she is against human trafficking?

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      What a bizarre interpretation of an add that is simply supposed to show one of the areas to which Marsha has addressed herself while in the House. If you keep being negative about everything Marsha does you may end up voting for Bredesen which will be a disservice to you, to me, and most importantly to your country!

      • MarLE says:

        I wouldn’t want my vote to mean 8 years of an Obama presidency like your vote did. If only we could practice what we preach.

        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          OH GIVE ME A BREAK!!! I had an odious character like McCain to vote for if I wanted to expend maximum effort to avoid Obama whereas you have a perfectly charming lady like Marsha, who as a matter of fact saw this very evening, who should receive your vote so we can avoid Chuck Schumer becoming Majority Leader. If you would only improve your attitude I will be happy to introduce to Marsha so you can see what I mean.

  • Bob Fischer says:

    What Backpage was, was a cost effective way for our local law enforcement to monitor and police sex crimes in our community. These activities haven’t ceased since back page went away, they’ve merely cost more to police. Thanks for the tax increase and reduced law enforcement Marsha!

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Since this site isn’t updated any longer, I will make a prediction about a somewhat different but related issue:

    Bill Lee is hiring all the moderates and their fundraisers and campaign managers and spokespeople. The very people who elevated him to win the primary have already been shut out by the money. Didn’t take two weeks

  • Eddie White says:

    Phil, can you be more specific about his hires? Bill Lee was not the most conservative candidate in the race, so I would not be surprised. However, he will be the next governor of Tennessee.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Chris Devaney and Kim Kaegi for starters

  • William Dozier says:

    “”I know your company is vilified nationally because it is an easy target,” wrote one Denver police sergeant and member of the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force in 2014. “I have told numerous people that Backpage is law enforcement friendly and does not support human trafficking. I’ve even mentioned how if Backpage is every [sic] shut down, another website will take over, likely overseas, that will not be so helpful to [law enforcement]. …I’d rather have a partnership than an adversarial relationship with your company (or any others) so that when the need arises, we can work together to go after those that are exploiting and trafficking others.”

    Other law enforcement officials described runaways returned to their families and violent pimps caught because of Backpage assistance. “Can’t do this without your help,” wrote one FBI agent in 2015.”

    Thanks so much for ignoring law enforcement and shutting down Backpage so that McCain could get back at the guys that told everyone about his wife’s drug problems and mob connections. Marsha Blackburn is a joke.

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