When The Banks Declared War On Backpage

Tony Ortega

Tony Ortega might have tried to sell Backpage to the public as a glorified dating site but the reality, as we’ve been seeing over the course of our investigation into the legal filings, was something far more nefarious.

The plain, undeniable truth is that they were selling women and children to perverts

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Prostitution in Plain Sight, Plain And Simple

Carl Ferrer

Recently we wrote about a series of emails exchanged by Carl Ferrer and a woman described in court documents only as “P.R.” As illustrative as their carelessness recounted in our last post was, Backpage and its heartless attitude toward its victims didn’t stop there. And neither did the story of “P.R.”

On

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Backpage CEO Taught Criminals How To Do Crime

Through our examination into Backpage’s fruitless and ultimately vain attempts to shirk the laws in their greed-driven crime spree to generate hundreds of millions in personal profit through the highly illegal human sex trafficking trade, we’ve come across what we believe to be evidence more than sufficient to prove the state’s case against its

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Backpage Exposed: You Can’t Deny The Undeniable

Andrew Padilla

On April 5, 2011, Andrew Padilla sent an email whose recipients included Joye Vaught and the supervisor of Backpage’s Indian moderation team. True to Backpage’s abysmal moderation standards the email was entitled “relaxed image standards”. It included, as an attachment, a document that displayed a series of 30 nude and partially-nude photographs.

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“A Unanimous Choral of Damning Disapproval”

Tony Ortega

We’ve written a lot here on the blog about the article Tony Ortega published in the Village Voice attempting to smear New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof after his in-depth exposé the Backpage sex trafficking syndicate. Like many media watchers we don’t hold a very high opinion of Tony Ortega’s so-called ‘reporting’

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Tony Ortega Downplays And Discredits Himself

We’ve been reporting over the past few days on the blistering condemnation Tony Ortega was hit by (from his own readers!) following his rabid, specious, and poorly articulated attack on New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof.

Operating from his position as Editor-At-Large for the Village Voice, Tony was responsible for making the public defense

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Tony Ortega: Dishonest Backpage Mascot, Opportunistic Backpage Mouthpiece

Tony Ortega

In recent posts we’ve been examining how Backpage blatantly abused the system set in place by federal laws regarding human trafficking broadly and the victimization of children in related online sex trafficking more specifically. And throughout it all we’ve been witness to Tony Ortega’s indifference to so much human suffering.

Lost

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Tony Ortega Knew, Did Nothing, And Lied

Section 230 was originally meant to be not only a shield for internet service pro-viders but also a sword against illicit content, allowing platforms to take down content like pornography without being held liable for doing so.Tony Ortega knew this, and yet still worked to convince the world Backpage was doing nothing wrong. He

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The Lesson No One Learned From Backpage

As we here at the blog were first to anticipate earlier this week, the initial shockwaves surrounding the recent lawsuit filed against Twitter for not removing sexually explicit content depicting a minor are suddenly beginning to be felt within the legal world.

Call it the lesson no one learned from Backpage, namely: that corporate

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Shattering Ortega’s Conspiracy of Silence

One day in and the new year is already starting off with a bang. Here at the blog we’ve long been sounding the alarm bells over the conduct of sex trafficking apologists like Tony Ortega. One of the major concerns we had about the way Tony conducted himself with such brazen hypocrisy during

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