Tony Ortega: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

Recently here at the blog we took a deep dive into the timeline of the government’s case against Backpage and all the sordid twists and turns its heartless founders, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, attempted in order to throw authorities off their trail.

Today a reader of this blog alerted to us a

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Unanimous Jury Convicts Bronx Pimp

Today’s story about a Bronx man should come with a warning. If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you probably understand by now that stories about Backpage have a way of constantly outdoing themselves. Each true account of its victims seems more depraved than the last.

Today’s story is

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De Facto Life Sentencing Begins for Backpage Pimps

Backpage may be dead but like something out of a bad horror movie, it continues to terrorize from beyond the grave.

A man accused of running a prostitution ring out of two spas in Billings, Montana will admit one charge and see three others dropped as part of a plea deal.

Scott

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Backpage: Incessant Acts of Brutality

We’ve spent a good deal of time looking at the history of the government’s case against Backpage. It’s been something of tsunami of information as seen from from our 10,000 foot view of the sordid story of the rise and fall of Backpage. Today we dive back into the gritty details left in its

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Backpage and Tony Ortega: Turning A Blind Eye

For all the forward movement we have seen in the government’s coming case against the Backpage it is important to remember that while the horrific duo Michael Lacey and James Larkin and their team of villainous propagandists like Tony Ortega have had their dark dreams of building a platform to cash in on the

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Backpage: A Frozen Asset’s Chance in Hell

“The people I work for were smart enough to start Backpage.com.” – Tony Ortega

In a just world, the seizure of Backpage by the Feds in 2017 should have been the knock-out blow to online sex trafficking. Instead, the endless game of whack-a-mole continues as we await upcoming court hearings on the matter.

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Reptile Theory

Two weeks after Fosta-Sesta passed, Carl Ferrer appeared in a closed federal courtroom in Phoenix. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to facilitate prostitution and launder money, surrendered Backpage and its assets, and promised to cooperate with federal authorities.

A day later, the Feds nailed Michael Lacey and James Larkin in Phoenix, charging them

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Backpage: Legacy of Shame

On the day SESTA (the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act) was introduced, the Internet Association—an industry consortium that represents Airbnb, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and more than three dozen other tech companies—released a statement criticizing the bill that would effectively end Lacey and Larkin’s dream of the Backpage sex trafficking empire, calling it “overly broad.”

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The Jig Is Up

On January 8, 2017, the Senate subcommittee released its final report, titled “Backpage.com’s Knowing Facilitation of Online Sex Trafficking.” It pushed the theory that Lacey, Larkin, Ferrer, and their employees had invalidated their liability protections under Section 230: Rather than removing illegal and obscene content, the Senate clearly established that Backpage had helped develop

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Conspiracy of Silence

We have seen how Backpage had used litigation tactics by manipulating legal loops to keep from itself from facing the music.

Most courts had had no choice but to grant them temporary victories because of the unduly broad language of the Section 230 loophole.

But following the subpoena blitz we previously reported

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