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Noem asks Attorney General to shut down website

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U.S. Representative Kristi Noem continues her efforts to combat human trafficking -- this time by sending a letter to the U.S. Attorney General to shut down a website.

Noem and 44 other members of Congress, from both sides of the aisle, want Attorney General Eric Holder take immediate action.

They want to put an end to backpage.com, and its facilitation of the buying and selling of sexual services -- many of which involve underage victims.

Noem says members of Congress sent the letter because they believe Holder has the authority to prosecute crimes, because a federal statute has been broken.

"The fact that we have children every single day that are sold on the internet for sex acts is unacceptable, and so we need to be as aggressive as we possibly can be, and we need the Attorney General to help us in that fight," said Noem.

Backpage.com is the leading U.S. website for prostitution advertising, generating millions of dollars every month for the sale of online ads.

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