FBI Crackdown on MyRedbook

MyRedbook, essentially a site where clients can scroll through women to buy, has been notorious for its perpetuation of human trafficking. Traffickers post their victims on the site, along with bogus descriptions and concocted ages, allowing them to reach clients easily. Finally, the site has been seized by the FBI as a part of a national crackdown on sex trafficking, rescuing a slew of victims.

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Bay Area Prostitutions Site ‘Myredbook’ Seized by Feds

Published 1:16 pm, Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  SAN FRANCISCO — A Bay Area-based website that for years has catered to prostitutes and johns was seized by federal investigators Wednesday amid multiple arrests and search-warrant raids throughout Northern California.

The website, myredbook.com, allowed sex workers to advertise their services and customers to rank their experiences. It purported to offer escorts, exotic dancers and other adult entertainment.

“This domain name has been seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as a result of a joint investigation by the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service,” said a federal notice posted on the website Wednesday.

“This domain name is subject to both civil and criminal forfeiture. This seizure is based on probable cause to believe that this domain name was involved in money laundering derived from racketeering based on prostitution in violation of state and federal law.”

Peter Lee, an FBI spokesman in San Francisco, confirmed that the FBI “conducted multiple arrests and search warrants in the Bay Area” on Wednesday morning, but would not say why. He said one search warrant was conducted in Mountain View.

CNN reported Wednesday that the seizure of the website was related to a national crackdown on sex trafficking this month that authorities said led to the rescue of 168 children and the arrest of 281 pimps.

In the Bay Area, six underage teenagers were rescued and 13 suspected pimps arrested, authorities said Monday.

Vivian Ho is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: vho@sfchronicle.comTwitter: @VivianHo

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