CEO of Backpage, called ‘world’s tip online brothel,’ arrested on pimping charges in crackdown by Kamala Harris

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The arch executive of a personal ad website Backpage.com was arrested Thursday on pimping charges, partial of a extended crackdown led by state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, who criticized the website for profiting from the sex trafficking of adults and children.

Carl Ferrer was taken into control in Houston after nearing on a moody from Amsterdam, according to a matter from Texas Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton, whose bureau assimilated in a rapist inquiry.

The dual group who founded a Dallas association in 2004 and sojourn a owners, Michael Lacey and James Larkin, were charged along with Ferrer in a rapist censure filed Sept. 26 in Sacramento County Superior Court. All 3 are indicted of swindling to dedicate pimping, a felony.

Ferrer, 55, is also indicted of mixed depends of pimping and pimping minors, according to justice papers.

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