Dallas-based Backpage.com faces civil contempt charges in Senate sex-trafficking inquiry

2011 File Photo/The Associated Press

2011 File Photo/The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted unanimously Wednesday to pursue civil contempt charges against Backpage com, a Dallas-based online classified ad site, for refusing to disclose how it monitors its adult services ads for signs of sex trafficking.

If the full Senate votes to hold the company in civil contempt, a federal court would be able to rule on the subpoenas that Backpage has been served and potentially enforce them through a court order. It would also make Backpage the first entity held in contempt by the Senate in two decades.

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