News Backpage.com CEO arrested and charged with pimping a minor

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    Online classified ad site Backpage.com has been going through legal turmoil for years, and with good reason -- there's plenty of evidence that the site's "adult" section has been a haven of sex trafficking, including some advertisements for sexual encounters with minors. All those issues are hitting the company in a big way today: CEO Carl Ferrer and founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin were charged today in California on charges of conspiracy and pimping a minor, reports The New York Times.

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    Ferrer was arrested Thursday in Texas and is awaiting an extradition hearing to return him to California, while Lacey and Larkin haven't been apprehended just yet. The affidavit for the warrant claims that the defendants "have known that their website is the United States hub for the illegal sex trade and that many of the people advertised for commercial sex on Backpage are victims of sex trafficking, including children." The charges come after a three-year joint investigation between Texas and California.

    Earlier this year, a congressional investigation found that Backpage would edit some of its classified ads to disguise the fact they were selling the services of minors. The US Senate issued subpoenas for documents relating to how the company screens its ads, a request that went unfulfilled. The Senate then held the company in contempt in an effort to force a response to its subpoenas. Ferrer himself was subpoenaed about a year ago, but didn't show up.

    It sounds like the case against Ferrer and the company's co-founders is pretty strong -- documents filed included interviews with children who were forced to take out ads on Backpage. One 15-year-old girl said she was forced into prostitution at the age of 13 and that the company has been profiting from prostitution for years. "I mean really, coming from someone my age, there is too much access, like it's too easy for people get on it and post an ad," the unnamed minor said. It'll likely be a while before these cases are seen through to a conclusion, but these arrests are an important step towards shutting down a site that appears to be engaged in seriously unsavory activity.

    https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/07/backpage-ceo-arrested/
     
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    The v-neck Ed Hardy tee should've been the first clue this guy was pimping minors.
     
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    You didn't even need to include 'v-neck'. Ed Hardy tee was plenty of info.
     
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    Backpages use to be the Village Voice classified sections. Village Voice Media was was previously owned by NY banks like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan etc. As the VV declined, Backpages made tens of millions in profits with adult ads (just like Craigs List). Backpages' management is well aware of these legal risks and knew exactly where they stand with 1st amendment and Internet Advertising Laws. They routinely edited all ads to comply with applicable laws and they had a great reputation for working with law enforcement with regard to minors and human trafficking. I guarantee you there is a CA DA looking to make a name for himself/herself by charging Backpages management. Huge legal precedent at stake here which could lead to the Supreme Court.
     
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    Kids these days- don't want to work. When I was 13 I was mowing lawns all the time.
     
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    It is all fat broads and junkies. Any decent looking broad w/ 1/2 a brain interested in turning a buck w/ her cunt is web camming, advertising on whore boards or werkin sugar daddy sites.
     
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    I was going to hire a hooker but it was going so smoothly I figured it was a scam and bailed
     
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    Or on hx
     
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    Junkies > fat broads
     
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    Isn't that mostly a Cali thing? I checked it out years ago, and I thought it was all CA whores.
     
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    yep. Crack is a much better motivator to suck the hell out of a dick and get it over with than cheeseburgers and fried chicken.
     
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    Using the same logic they can arrest the leadership of Craigslist for operating the world's largest fence for stolen goods.
     
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    I only skimmed the article quickly, but the take away I got from it was that backpages staff was editing posts to help mask obvious prostitution.
     
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    "Well who gaut be a havin sex wit us effen we caint advertase?"
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    Rick Dunn(away) still uses this service all the time
     
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    It isn't illegal to change advertising to make it lawful. It's done all the time in bogus medical products and shady financial firms peddling advice.
     
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    Never used it for whores but bought and sold guns on BP.