Justice Dept. seizes classified ads website

Posted at 2:58 PM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 17:01:31-04

By Laura Jarrett, CNN

The classified ads website has been seized by federal law enforcement agencies, according to a banner that popped up on the site Friday.

The banner says, “ and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action” by the FBI, US Postal Inspection Service and the IRS Criminal Investigation Division.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill and advocacy groups have long called for an investigation into for allegedly facilitating prostitution and sex trafficking.

A spokesperson for the Justice Department confirmed to CNN that the website has been seized and that additional information will be provided after 4 p.m. MDT.