CEO Of Backpage.com Arrested, Charged With Pimping

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This print expelled by a Texas Office of a Attorney General shows Carl Ferrer, a CEO of Backpage, a classifieds website that allows users to post chaperon ads. Ferrer was arrested Thursday on transgression pimping charges.

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This print expelled by a Texas Office of a Attorney General shows Carl Ferrer, a CEO of Backpage, a classifieds website that allows users to post chaperon ads. Ferrer was arrested Thursday on transgression pimping charges.

Texas Office of a Attorney General around AP

The CEO of Backpage.com, a classifieds website that allows users to post chaperon ads, was arrested Thursday on transgression pimping charges.

Carl Ferrer was arrested in Houston after he arrived on a moody from Amsterdam; dozens of law coercion officers afterwards searched Backpage’s Dallas headquarters, a Texas profession general’s bureau says.

Ferrer, 55, is charged with pimping a minor, pimping and swindling to dedicate pimping. Two determining shareholders of Backpage — Michael Lacey and James Larkin — also are charged with swindling to dedicate pimping.

Lacey and Larkin are former owners of a Village Voice and a Phoenix New Times, The Associated Press reports.

Backpage was started by Village Voice Media and is now owned by a Dutch company. The site allows users to post a accumulation of personal ads, though has come underneath inspection for a “adult entertainment” section, that includes chaperon ads. Backpage has continued to horde those ads after other sites — including, many notably, Craigslist — close down their adult sections.

The California Department of Justice spent 3 years questioning Backpage, including with clandestine agents posting ads, to endorse that a escorts ads were for a solitary purpose of shopping and offered sex.

California’s profession general, Kamala Harris, says that Backpage was “purposefully and unlawfully designed” as an online brothel. Her bureau alleges that a “vast majority” of Backpage’s increase come from fees paid by users posting ads in a “adult” section.

The review was prompted, in part, by reports from a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of thousands of instances of child sex trafficking by Backpage.

No trafficking charges were announced opposite Ferrer, Lacey or Larkin on Thursday, though a profession general’s bureau says a review “found that many of a ads for harlotry services concerned victims of sex trafficking, including children underneath a age of 18.”

Harris, who is now using for U.S. Senate, called profiting off trafficking and exploitation “outrageous, inhuman and illegal.”

The AP has some-more on a charges:

“One of a advertisers, identified usually as 15-year-old ‘E.S.,’ ‘was forced into harlotry during a age of 13 by her pimp,’ according to an confirmation filed with a complaint. She used other online promotion services until they were close down, a justice filing says, when she incited to Backpage.com.

” ‘I meant really, entrance from someone my age, there is too most access, like it’s too easy for people to get on it and post an ad,’ she told California Special Agent Brian Fichtner, according to his affidavit. …

“The rapist censure includes allegations that 5 minors, 3 of them including “E.S.” underneath age 16, paid to post advertisements on Backpage.com.

“The charges opposite Ferrer could move him scarcely 22 years in prison, while Larkin and Lacey face a limit 6 years.”

Separately, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced this week that 17 people have been charged with using an general sex-trafficking ring that alien women from Thailand and forced them into a sex trade. The complaint alleges that a traffickers advertised a women on websites including Backpage.

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