Backpage Has Blood On Its Hands

We’ve been discussing the lawsuits, the sex-trafficking, the selling of children for sex Tony Ortega supported and condoned during his time as Editor in Chief of the Village Voice owned and controlled by the owners of Backpage.com.

Behind all the salacious sex abuses Tony Ortega is responsible for there remain more dark charges that have been leveled at his previous pet-project for which he bears similar responsibility – one of these is the murder of Ashley Benson, which was the direct result of Ortega’s insidious marketing scheme to cheat the system. In case you did not read our previous article here is what Ortega wrote in defense of Backpage:

“We’ve [Backpage.com] spent millions of dollars putting in place strict policies and monitoring services to make sure that it is only adults finding each other through Backpage.com’s adult pages. Not only do we have security specialists making constant searches for keywords that might indicate an underage user, but we’re quick to cooperate with law enforcement and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children when we find suspicious ads.”

Tony Ortega may not have personally pulled the trigger killing the 25 year old, but by developing and honing his process of allowing flesh peddlers and “abusive pimps” to advertise illegal exchanges of sex for profit he undoubtedly has more than his share of blood on his hands.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The estate of a woman has filed a $3.6 million lawsuit against Backpage.com and the owners of the Portland, Oregon, hotel where she was killed by a man she’d met for sex.

The suit filed Friday says 25-year-old Ashley Benson had been trafficked by an abusive pimp.

It says she was killed in 2014 by Tae Bum Yoon, who found her through the classifieds website and lured her to a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Yoon was sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter.

The lawsuit claims Backpage.com and the hotel failed to establish and use practices to protect victims of sex trafficking.

Representatives for Hilton and Backpage didn’t immediately return requests for comment. The website has long been criticized but says it doesn’t have control over third-party content.”

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