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CNN Evening News for Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The push to get Backpage.com to shut down its escort service Website reviewed.

(New York: Deborah Feyerick) Some views of Backpage.com presented; details given about cases in 22 states. [Ramsey county attorney John CHOI†, mother of girl advertised on Backpage.com, "DAWN" - talk about trafficking in prostitution linked to Backpage.com.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Last week's interview held with Village Voice Media lawyer Liz McDougall about Backpage.com. [McDOUGALL†- defends Backpage; says vice officers say Backpage is most cooperative; states money is not the issue, but it is impractical to verify ages.] Statements from legal experts listed by McDougall mentioned and quoted,

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Discussion held with National Center for Missing and Exploited Children director Ernie Allen and "New York Times" Nicholas Kristof about the trafficking of children. [ALLEN - says Backpage is not the sheriff of the Internet, which has become the clearing house for illegal prostitution; comments on his organization's work with craigslist; says our goal is ending the problem, not prosecuting some.] [KRISTOF - talks about the market for prostitution advertisement; wants advertisers to pull out of the Village Voice newspaper because of ads selling sex.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Feyerick, Deborah

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