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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How Tony Ortega Got His Salary From Child Sex Trafficking

Carl Ferrer, Michael Lacey, James Larkin

Anthony “Tony” Ortega

After Backpage.com created the marketplace, Tony Ortega helped sex traffickers create and develop the content of their ads on the site so they could profit from each ad.

When law enforcement began to scrutinize the illegal activity occurring on Backpage, Ortega’s bosses

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Backpage, Tony Ortega and The Company You Keep

Over the past decade or more, marketing for prostitution began to migrate to the Internet, as website operators have sought to enable buyers and sellers of sex to maintain their anonymity and minimize the risk of detection by law enforcement.

Named for the infamous “Back Page” of the Village Voice newspaper, Backpage.com became the

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The Normalization of Underage Prostitution

By the time the Feds shutdown Tony Ortega’s former employers’s Backpage.com, it was largest source of online human sex trafficking in the United States.This chilling fact, seemingly the one subject upon which Tony Ortega is conspicuously silent, is not disputed.

That Backpage conspirators generated $135 million in revenue, the vast majority of

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נורמליזציה של זנות בקטינים

בזמן שהFBI סגרו את העסק של הבוסים לשעבר של טוני אורטגה, BACKPAGE.COM, העסק הזה הגיע להיות המקור הגדול ביותר לסחר בנשים למטרות מין באינטרנט בארצות הברית. העובדה המצמררת הזאת, היא לכאורה הנושא היחיד שעליו טוני אורטגה שותק באופן מוחלט, ואי אפשר להתווכח על זה.

האנשים שמעורבים בסיפור של BACKPAGE יצרו

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Backpage and the Murder of Ashley Benson: Official Court Documents

Readers of this blog will be familiar with the growing number of lawsuits filed in states across the nation against Backpage.com and sex-trafficking syndicate that was running for years, victimizing countless women and underage girls.

Such syndicate was Tony Ortega’s employer and Ortega was a well known Backpage.com apologist.

Today we

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Backpage Has a Serial Rape Problem

Recently we reported on the history making case filed against Tony Ortega’s ex-employers earlier this year in which a young girl allegedly suffered multiple rapes through the sex trafficking made possible by James Larkin’s and Michael Lacey’s Backpage platform.

We can now reveal that while that particular case remains groundbreaking, it isn’t the only

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Backpage lawsuit against a Cook County Sheriff dismissed by Federal Judge

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, a Chicago federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart who requested credit card companies not to do business with Backpage dot com.

James Larkin and Michael Lacey accused the Sheriff of interfering with the Backpage business. The judge ruled Thomas Dart’s action was protected

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Would the Real Tony Ortega Please Stand Up

Given his peerless record of marathon unemployment, finding news about Tony Ortega can be a bit of a challenge. Once upon a time he might have been the number one hit for any given Google search of the phrase “Tony Ortega scandal”. Nowadays he doesn’t even make the top five. Today I thought you

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