Blatant Double Standards

We recently reported that fifty women are suing Salesforce, alleging the company profited by helping Backpage to engage in sex trafficking.

Too long the story of Tony Ortega’s bosses and their worldwide human trafficking ring has lingered in the shadows, on the periphery of other news stories favored by the mainstream media.

Today we are happy to report this appears to be changing, as NBC news picked up the Salesforce story and has been bringing it to national attention. It’s past time in this country that proper light be shed on the outright evil Tony Ortega’s pals worked so tirelessly to inflict on so many marginalized victims.

In their brand new report, NBC news rightly calls out Salesforce for building custom tools for Backpage, making it possible for the now-defunct website to upsell higher-priced packages and additional services for pimps to traffic in the trade of the illegal sale of minors for sex.

The report cites the underlying hypocrisy echoed by Ortega and the bosses who ran Backpage. These people have publicly advocated combating trafficking while engaging in the very activity itself, NBC correctly asserts.

In public, including on Twitter, Salesforce boasted about fighting human trafficking using its data tools. But behind closed doors, Salesforce’s data tools were actually providing the backbone of Backpage’s exponential growth. Salesforce didn’t just provide Backpage with a customer-ready version of its data and marketing tools. Salesforce designed and implemented a heavily customized enterprise database tailored for Backpage’s operations, both locally and internationally. With Salesforce’s guidance, Backpage was able to use Salesforce’s tools to market to new “users” — that is, pimps, johns, and traffickers — on three continents.

“The evidence of Salesforce’s liability is overwhelming and the damages that have been caused to the victims and our communities as a result are monumental,” Annie McAdams, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, said in a statement. “It’s simply not enough to say fighting human trafficking is important. Internal policies and procedures have to reflect that commitment.”

And yet, just like Tony Ortega the Backpage.com apologist, the criminal minds behind the enterprise continue to cry that they are being treated unfairly. They’ve bought into their own lies to such an extent that they are blinded to their own blatant double standard.

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