Oct 6, 2016

Online site Backpages.com CEO arrested on felony charges ; other shareholders also charged by CA Attorney General

Today, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the arrest of Carl Ferrer, the CEO of online advertising website Backpage.com, on felony charges of pimping a minor, pimping, and conspiracy to commit pimping.

 Michael Lacey and James Larkin, controlling shareholders of Backpage, have also been criminally charged with conspiracy to commit pimping, a felony. Backpage hosts ads for “escort services”, essentially operating as an online brothel and generating millions of dollars off the illegal sex trade.

“Raking in millions of dollars from the trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable victims is outrageous, despicable and illegal,” said Attorney General Harris.

 “Backpage and its executives purposefully and unlawfully designed Backpage to be the world’s top online brothel. Thank you to the California Department of Justice Special Agents, investigators, attorneys, and our partners in law enforcement who have worked tirelessly to bring the operators of this online brothel to justice and protect thousands of victims of trafficking.”

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