Another life connected to Tony Ortega’s Backpage propaganda ends in despair, as so many do – Part II

We read yesterday about the story of K.R. and how at the hands of a longtime Backpage user known as ‘Alonso’ she was trafficked and sold repeatedly for sex. In her suit in Alabama K.R. alleged she was consistently threatened, physically abused and forced her to take intoxicating agents including illegal drugs and alcohol.

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Another life connected to Tony Ortega’s Backpage propaganda ends in despair, as so many do – Part I

Yet another bombshell case against Tony Ortega’s former employer, the infamous sex trafficking website Backpage comes to light this week.

This case involves an unnamed plaintiff known only as ‘K.R.’ She claims that Backpage directly violated the Code of Alabama §13A-6-151, and makes claims for violation of Alabama’s human trafficking statute, outrage, negligence and

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The Backpage Ploy Part 2

Our last post discussed how Backpage attempted to characterize itself as ‘Sheriff of the Internet’, much in the way the proverbial fox would guard a henhouse.

They tried to create relationships with various law enforcement agencies in what amounted to nothing more than a PR strategy which sought to control the narrative around its involvement

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The Backpage Ploy Part 1

 

In or around 2010, as the Backpage began to emerge as a significant presence in the online sex advertising business, they developed a plan to minimize the attention devoted to its activities by the public and by law enforcement agencies, particularly concerning advertising of children on its website.

Defendants undertook to forge seemingly

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The Backpage Shell Game

Deceit through obfuscation. In every sense, this could have been a motto for the Backpage during the time Carl Ferrer was Tony Ortega’s superior at the helm of the largest sex trafficking platform the United States has ever known.

This week we’ve been looking at how Ferrer directly reached out to pimps and traffickers in

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Sex for Money: Ortega’s Flimsy Defense

 

We wrote previously as Editor-At-Large Tony Ortega from 2007 to 2012 oversaw the sleazy Backpage’s “posting rules” and “content requirements.” But Ortega went further by publicly attacking anyone in the press who raised questions about the Backpage’s roll as the country’s leading sex trafficking platform, referring to reports of rising rates

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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

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Bring Tony Ortega to Justice

On August 17, 2018,Dan Hyer, Sales and Marketing Director of Backpage.com pleaded guilty to conspiring to facilitate prostitution, Hyer participated in a scheme to give free ads to prostitutes in a bid to drive business to Backpage. Hyer is yet another Backpage employee to plead guilty. He will be sentenced in November 2018.

Michael

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How The Backpage Fooled No One

Yesterday we wrote about the unique case currently underway in Florida courts brought by Florida Abolitionists, Inc. It alleges Backpage knowingly broke human trafficking laws and caused tremendous drains on the resources of the agency in its fight to end modern human slavery.

Interestingly, the lawsuit makes explicit mention of an attempted ruse pulled by

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Tony Ortega, The Propaganda Face of Backpage.com

Florida Abolitionist, Inc. is a non-profit organization in Orlando, Florida with a mission to combat and end human trafficking and other forms of modern day human slavery. It provides direct services to trafficked adults and children.

In a new lawsuit, Florida Abolitionist has filed against the men behind Backpage, it alleges

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