Can we talk for a second about the elephant in the room?

Once a champion of’s “anything goes” policy towards underage sex trafficking, Tony Ortega seems curiously mum on the topic since federal authorities — including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, five other federal agencies, and four state agencies — raided the site permanently forcing its closure.

Could it be that Ortega is laying low to avoid suspicion? Does he fear indictment for the role he played in not only advocating in defense of but for helping to actively foster Backpage’s child prostitution agenda by providing it a platform during his tenure as its Editor-in-Chief?

As these questions continue to circle Ortega’s silence on the subject could well speak volumes. It may be six years since Ortega’s ouster but when it comes to bringing underage sex traffickers to justice federal authorities, like elephants, never forget.

Neither should we.

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