Backpage Vs Feds: An Inside Glimpse “Civil Libertarians of the Year” Part IV

Last week we took an insider’s look at two sex peddlers behind the online trafficking empire known as Backpage.

Today we continue our deep dive into the perverse path Backpage blazed without a thought to the host of victims it would leave in its wake to become the undisputed worldwide heavy-weight

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Backpage Vs Feds: “Any Means Necessary” Part III

As of this writing both Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin are out on million-dollar bonds, secured by real estate the government eventually hopes to own when it wins its case against Backpage. The bulk of the charges against them fittingly fall under the Travel Act, a law designed by Robert F. Kennedy’s Justice Department

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Backpage Vs Feds: An Inside Glimpse Part II

As readers familiar with the sordid saga of Tony Ortega’s “Free Speech Champions” might recall from our earlier reporting, Backpage, the platform that brought the federal government down on Michael Lacey and James Larkin’s heads, itself wasn’t much to look at. It was little more than a bare-bones interface wrapped in knock-off Facebook blue.

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Backpage vs Feds: An Inside Glimpse Part I

In Michael Lacey’s younger and more vulnerable years, his father gave him this advice:

“Whenever someone pokes a finger in your chest, you grab that finger and you break it off at the knuckle.”

Lacey had grown up in the 1950’s as a bright, bookish boy. His father, a sailor turned enforcer

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Latest Backpage Case Signals Litigation Sea Change

Tony Ortega

We first brought you the story about the explosive rise in one state’s sex trafficking charges as Backpage was at the height of its vile powers. Today we continue our examination of Florida, in light of the recent headlines in which a young woman of 19 was kidnapped and forced into

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Florida’s Sex Trafficking Problem Exploded Under Backpage

Marco Orego

Recently we received a question from a reader who mentioned a terrifying story about a man facing a life sentence for the role he played in prostituting a young girl using Backpage in 2017.

The reader asked if we might take a closer look at what is happening in Florida

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A Predatory Reign of Terror

We here have spent more than our fair share of time reading about the Backpage. The sickening familiarity of the countless stories of those victimized by this soulless corporation willing to sell children to sex pests for cold, hard cash never ceases to appall us.

Tony Ortega might celebrate the Backpage as a

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Zero Tolerance: Part II

We previously informed our readers of the precedent-setting move made by the authorities in the state of Delaware after they summarily invalidated the business licenses of four companies who had worked to support Backpage in its quest to sexually traffic as many children as it could to boost its bottom line.

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Backpage Accomplices Lose Business Licenses Under State’s New “Zero Tolerance” Policy

In what some in the legal world are calling ‘a sign of things to come’ the Delaware state Attorney General’s Office issued a truly inspiring judgment the other day when they took the as-yet unprecedented step of revoking the right of four companies linked to Backpage from doing business as legal entities.

The

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Intellectual Property Rip Off?

Whatever mounting pressure Tony Ortega is feeling as the noose of justice tightens around him in the wake of weeks and weeks of Backpage headlines being splashed on headlines across the country must finally be taking a toll. It’s been a while since we checked in with his fictional blog where he once more

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