Is Tony Ortega Above The Law?

Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise. Simply put, racketeering means engaging in an illegal scheme involving one or more of

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Twitter Users Get Surprise “Backpage” History Lesson

Backpage Bosses

Ever since we ran our story on Kamala Harris, Twitter has been going wild retelling the sordid history of Backpage; specifically, how the notorious human trafficking and solicitation site was a target of Kamala Harris’s back when she was the attorney general of California.

So far we haven’t seen too much in

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FBI Requests Public Help to Put Away Backpage Pimp

Jose Torres

It’s easy sometimes to feel helpless. Especially, in light of the all the horror Tony Ortega’s bosses at Backpage were able to unleash in the few years their human trafficking operation was cashing in on selling women and young children for sex, leaving a path of human misery in their wake.

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Tony Ortega’s Failed Rhetoric Loses In Court, Results in De Facto Life Sentence For Backpage Pimp

Barry Schiff

If it’s one thing we believe in here at the blog, it’s that tougher sentencing for those who coerced, threatened or tricked young women and underage girls into participating in the Backpage sex trafficking ring should be the rule, rather than the exception.

Maybe that’s why this story we read over the

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Scary Future for Cowardly Corporate Yes-men

Tony Ortega has been complaining about Kamala Harris, probably at the behest of his former Backpage bosses, James Larkin and Michael Lacey. 

As it happens, Kamala Harris’s political rise was propelled by a year-long, high-profile campaign against known sex traffickers like the bosses who oversaw Backpage. And the fact that she helped throw

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Another Lie on Top of a Deception Inside a Hoax

We’ve written at length about the measure of responsibility Tony Ortega shares for his role in helping to legitimate the black market sex trade Backpage engaged in. In fact, questions about the level of Tony Ortega’s involvement in the Backpage child sex trafficking ring are the ones we most regularly get asked here

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Score One for the Good Guys: Backpage Sex Ring Sentenced To 81 Years in Prison

Last week we reported to you some heartening news out of the Washington, D.C., area regarding the successful prosecution of the last two pimps in what had been one of the lingering sex trafficking rings of the infamous Backpage era. 

Friday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on its blog that, collectively,

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What Would Tony Ortega Say to A Mother of a Child Backpage Had Trafficked?

As we’ve been hearing first hand about the true toll exacted upon the victims of Tony Ortega’s insidious Backpage lies, we’ve found the cost is measured in long-lingering pain and and the enduring suffering of whole families and entire communities.

Tony Ortega tried hard to sway public sentiment in favor of his sex trafficking pals

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The True Cost of Ortega’s Self-serving Deceit

When we last left the heart breaking saga of the mother whose daughter was coerced into the dark and dangerous world of Backpage and its illicit sex trafficking trade we learned that after days of no communication the young girl finally returned home, telling her mother very little.

The mother, who has asked to remain

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The Complicit Monsters They Are

“The phone rang and I jumped up to grab it, thinking it was the police. It was my daughter… Right away I began asking where are you? She responded by saying sorry for everything, mom.

…She was crying, I knew something was not right and became frightened. I told her tell me where you

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