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“The whole point of Backpage.com is that we aren’t involved after two consenting adults find each other through the community bulletin board, which exists solely so that people can freely express themselves.” – Tony Ortega

As we reported the past few days, though the Feds shut down the infamous sex ring, personally vouched for Tony Ortega when he said it was being run by some ‘very smart people’, prostitution rates connected with its newly devised ‘dating section’ continue to climb.

​Tragically, Backpage’s lingering legacy is not just one prostitution but also murder. We’ve written previously about the numerous ongoing murder cases already working their way through the nation’s court system.

​Add one more name to this growing list of Backpage murder victims:  Ashley Mays, who was nearly nine months pregnant when she was found hog-tied and strangled to death. Ashley had been a promising young woman who had lost her way and become adrift. In desperation she turned to Backpage’s new “dating page” in order to attempt to sell her body through the supposedly defunct sex-ring platform.

​Terique Hall, 24, of Atlanta, is the man police charged with rape and murder charges in connection with Mays’ death. But the question must be asked. Does some measure of blame for Ashley’s death, indeed the deaths of too many young women, not apply also to the very flesh merchants who knowingly owned and operated Backpage?

​What about those who defend them in the public? As Tony Ortega once self-righteously opined on the the topic of his former employer’s strategy of running ads for underage sex to boost ad revenue:

“The whole point of Backpage.com is that we aren’t involved after two consenting adults find each other through the community bulletin board, which exists solely so that people can freely express themselves.”

 

​We have repeatedly seen how Tony Ortega’s vile insistence that Backpage exists “solely so that people can freely express themselves” has lead to a surge in a range of crime from rape to kidnapping to murder. If this is the kind of thing Tony Ortega wishes to distance himself from why does he continue to keep so uncharacteristically quiet on the subject?

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