Backpage Exposed: Doubling Down On Deceit

Tony Ortega

If you’ve ever wondered just how much effort Backpage put into its ‘performative compliance with the law’ when it came to the thorough ‘self moderation’ Tony Ortega assured us all was taking place, wonder no more.

Court documents reveal that on September 1, 2010, Andrew Padilla sent an email to Dan Heyer

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Backpage’s Knowledge & Facilitation Of Prostitution Ads

Carl Ferrer, Michael Lacey and James Larkin

By 2008, if not earlier, Michal Lacey and James Larkin were aware that the overwhelming majority of the website’s “adult” ads involved prostitution. Nevertheless, they made a financial decision to continue displaying those ads.

The Backpage and its underlings also sought to sanitize the ads by editing

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Backpage Exposed: Origins, Ownership, and Control Part II

In our last post we saw how the origins of the Backpage scheme were born out of the perceived threat to Village Voice Media’s business model made by Craigslist, which had just launched a ‘free classified ads’ section to their website. In response to this potential economic threat, Michael Lacey, James Larkin and Carl

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Backpage: Origins, Ownership, and Control

Tony Ortega at the New Times

Michael Lacey and James Larkin are the founders of the Phoenix New Times, an alternative newspaper based in Arizona. It was here they came to know Tony Ortega, the man who was to become their public mouthpiece, corporate lapdog, and most bullish defender of their self described “right”

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Backpage Grand Jury Indictment – Finger on the Scales of Justice –

Tony Ortega

Last week a copy of the recently unsealed Grand Jury indictment found its way to our desks here at the blog. As we make our way through the document this week, we will be sharing with our readers a number of the more spectacular highlights which, as we’ve seen so far, are

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Backpage Grand Jury Indictment: “Do Not Acknowledge The Prostitution”

This past week, for the first time in a public foru, we began to unpack and analyze the text of the official Grand Jury indictment of Backpage. We started by looking at the key players named in the complaint. Today, we turn our attention to the specific charges levied against these Backpage defendants. 

The

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Backpage Grand Jury Indictment Revealed: – Complaint and Key Players

Big news for readers of the blog who are concerned by the ongoing scandal surrounding Backpage and those who knowingly and willingly conspired with them.

Last week we obtained a copy of the previously sealed, and as yet unpublished, Grand Jury charges in the case of the United States of America v. Michael Lacey,

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New Documentary Series Exposes True Horrors of Backpage Child Sex Trafficking

In our last post we reported to you about recent news out of San Diego of yet another Backpage pimp standing trial for the part he played in trafficking underage children via the online sex slavery platform devised and created by Tony Ortega’s former bosses. 

Though it’s been nearly four years since the crimes

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Backpage Still Center Stage in Underage Outrage

Tony Ortega

As the court date set to decide the fates of Tony Ortega’s Backpage bosses draws closer, Backpage-related sex trafficking cases continue to pile up. 

With the benefit of hindsight it is now beyond all doubt to right minded people that Tony Ortega was outright lying as he worked to downplay the severity

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Backpage, A Den Of Rampant Criminals

Tony Ortega

During its time in operation, there were few who would argue Backpage was anything other than a den of rampant criminality and lawlessness on a scale the country had never seen before. Indeed, among its more infamous crimes were well documented histories of sex slavery, child trafficking, and murder — much of

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