Backpage’s “Free Speech” Comes At Devastating Cost To Victims

Tony Ortega

In our last post we were looking at a number of victims of the Backpage human sex trafficking scheme which hypocritical blowhards like Tony Ortega long championed as defenders of free speech.

And yet, as we have seen, the sort of ‘free speech’ Tony Ortega’s Backpage cronies trafficked in came at a

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These Select Summaries of Backpage Victims Speak Volumes

Tony Ortega

This week we are going to shift gears just a little bit. In our examination of the  official timeline of the rise of Backpage as laid forth in the State’s charging document, we’ve been focusing on the business side of the Backpage tragedy.

It is worth noting, however, that the indictment itself

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Exposed: Backpage’s Own In-house Email Details Their Complicity

The Backpage syndicate behind bars

On May 15, 2015, a Company B employee posing as a Backpage employee sent an email to an apparent prostitute. The subject line was “Offering Free Advertisement from Backpage.com” and the text of the email sought to persuade the prostitute to “upgrade your ad with sponsor placement or automatic

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A Corporate Culture of Pure Corruption

Tony Ortega

Recently we read about Backpage’s clandestine strategy to use the Philippines as a testing ground to develop new overseas markets for their human sex trafficking scam.

We saw how it was the heads of Backpage accomplished this, using a controversial strategy of hijacking information from the other websites to create competing sex

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Backpage Was A World Wide Conspiracy

It’s no secret that in addition to facilitating illegal prostitution and child sex trafficking through its U.S. website, Backpage has also facilitated similar crimes through its websites in foreign countries. Perhaps even more disturbingly, court documents show that within this context, Backpage would often actively generate the content of the illegal prostitution and underage

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With Tony Ortega’s Lie Exposed, Backpage’s Dangerous Shell Game Continued

Tony Ortega

Thus far in our exploration of the official court documents surrounding the pending Backpage human sex trafficking trial we have found nothing to support to false pretense made by Tony Ortega and his fellow conspirators on the Backpage payroll that knew nothing about what was going on.

On the contrary, it seems

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The Lesson Tony Ortega And His Sex Trafficking Pals Refused To Learn

Tony Ortega Backpage Apologist

Beginning in or around January 2016, Backpage’s moderators were instructed to stop removing ads that contained the phrase “GFE”, short for ‘Girl Friend Experience’. For example, on January 28, 2016, Assistant Operations Manager Joye Vaught was sent an email from a Backpage moderator explaining that “As far as I am

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As Pressure Mounted, Backpage Doubled Down On Its Shameless Villainy

It’s no secret Backpage flaunted local, state, and federal laws at every turn. Despite multiple pleas to cease and desist which the Backpage sex trafficking operation received from child advocacy groups and continued warnings from police departments across the country, the shadowy organization nonetheless persisted in its wanton abuses.

Court records show that

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Detectives Attest: “Backpage Was Pimp Controlled Prostitution”

Making the case that Backpage knew full well it was in the business of sex trafficking just gets easier by the day. On the off chance, however, our readers are not yet convinced, consider this in-house document circulated amongst Backpage’s moderators on July 30, 2015, entitled “trainingJuly2015“.

This training manual specifically told moderators that,

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From Carl Ferrer to Tony Ortega: A History Of Backpage’s Subterfuge To Avoid Scrutiny

Andrew Padilla

On April 24, 2014, Joye Vaught sent an email to Backpage’s moderators (while cc’ing Andrew Padilla). In this email, Vaught explained that if a moderator came across an ad containing a link to a a “sex for money” website, the moderator should add the link to a list of banned terms but

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