A Definition of Evil

As reported in a piece earlier earlier this week during his tenure as Backpage apologist and attack dog, Tony Ortega attempted to to discredit his critics by smearing them in the pages of the Village Voice.

This is exactly what happened when Ashton Kutcher found himself in Ortega’s crosshairs for daring to speak up against the role Ortega was playing in pimping human trafficking.

The next victim of Ortega’s vitriol was to be reporter Amber Lyon at CNN for her exposé of child prostitution on the website who accused the network of “junk science” and “mass paranoia,” criticizing the broadcast as a “sensationalistic piece” that was “manipulative” and part of “a semi-religious crusade.”

In the midst of his all out smear campaign, however, there was one fact Ortega was desperate to avoid: that the National Association of Attorneys General had just labeled Backpage.com the nation’s top website for human trafficking.

By the time the bosses at Backpage finally pulled the plug on its adult section in January of last year, it was already too late for Tony and his ilk to dodge the condemnation they so richly deserved. Shortly before the adult section was pulled, the U.S. Senate released a report accusing Backpage of hiding criminal activity.

The Senate Committee would publish its review of the company documents, coming to the conclusion “that Backpage knowingly facilitated prostitution and child sex trafficking”. This prompted committee co-chairs Senators Rob Portman and Claire McCaskill to make a joint statement: “We reported the evidence that Backpage has been far more complicit in online sex trafficking than anyone previously knew.” With Portman adding, “These are the practices of a corporation intent on profiting from human trafficking—and human misery—and profit they have, at the expense of countless innocent victims.”

But perhaps it is Senator Claire McCaskill’s summation which remains the most insightful, if damning, of the business strategy of underage flesh peddling Tony Ortega worked so hard to promote: “That, ladies and gentlemen, is the definition of evil—simply evil.”

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