Tony Ortega is a former employee of the Village Voice—a publication which found itself in hot water when it was revealed they’d been advertising the services of known sex-traffickers in their seedy ‘Backpage’ section.

Ortega now runs the Underground Bunker blog. Billing itself as the go-to zone for (eye-rolling sensationalized, bigoted, anti-religious) rants, it gives away Ortega’s game. How much clearer can it be that this supposedly “legitimate” blog is nothing but a bully pulpit from which Ortega can indulge his intolerance disguised as social outrage and foist off entirely fabricated nonsense as “breaking news”?

Sources in the journalist community consider Tony Ortega a developer of false leads, and let’s be clear Ortega is not a real journalist and here is why. When evaluating information, we are often admonished to “consider the source.” In the case of Tony Ortega, the warning applies not only to the content of his blogs but also to Ortega personally and the “publications” for which he worked.

Alternative papers are free weekly publications that earn revenue most often through the sale of the kind of advertising that reputable newspapers won’t permit – adult bookstores, strip clubs, classifieds with strong sexual content, etc. In between the trash, they slip in tabloid-style articles, promoted as “edgy” or “daring” when, in truth, they are simply fabrications sensationalized by low credibility writers like Ortega. While some of these “papers” make an effort to rise above the rest, most are gutter rags that all too often define “alternative news” as a slanderous substitution of the facts.

Ortega has spent his life practicing this excuse for journalism within the New Times Media and the Village Voice Media franchise of alternative papers. This platform has suited him well, for Ortega wrote for sleazy tabloids like he was born to it, a disposition that was in evidence as far back as high school.

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Tony Ortega: Idéologue

As a functional definition, an ideologue is a person who never questions the underlying assumptions of the ideology that he has adopted as his own.

An ideologue is so certain of this adopted ideology and the rightness of his own worldview that he can sneer contemptuously at people, believing himself to be superior

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Tony Ortega: Textbook Narcissist

They call it Narcissistic Personality Disorder and its hallmarks will seem more than a little recognizable for readers of this blog with even a passing familiarity with the unhinged ranting of Tony Ortega.

Those infected by this personality wrapping state of mind come from all walks of life — every social strata, economic

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Frontline’s Latest Documentary Destroys Tony Ortega’s Flimsy Defense

Sex Trafficking in America, a new film from FRONTLINE, follows a detective and her unit at the Phoenix Police Department, which focuses on sex trafficking cases and child sexual exploitation. Since she began investigating sex trafficking cases in 2005, Detective Christi Decouflé has seen a shift toward traffickers using the

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Backpage and the New Form of Slavery

Despite Tony Ortega’s best efforts at defending Backpage, no one (not even Ortega) can make an argument that sex trafficking is positive.

We often get asked here on the blog about sex trafficking and exactly how Backpage and its defenders like Tony Ortega sought to profit of this despicable practice. Today we thought

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Being Trafficked Is Not a Choice

Yesterday we started by taking a closer look just what it is we mean by ‘sex-trafficking’ as it pertains to the disgusting and sinister platform created by Backpage and defended by lowlife yes-men like Tony Ortega.

When peeling away the onion on this vast and complex web of criminality Backpage made possible, we

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Constant State of Danger

Federal prosecutors are seeking a 40-year prison sentence for a Chicago pimp convicted of sex trafficking an underage girl allegedly killed by a client, saying he used the bodies of the vulnerable young girls he recruited “like his personal ATM machine.”

Prosecutors wrote in a court filing Tuesday demanding the particularly harsh sentence:

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“The Game”

Up until now we’ve seen a veritable parade of anonymous pimps, human traffickers, and the lowest of the low who would defend them. For the most they have been faceless unknowns. Shady drifters and lowlifes. But the dangerous reach of human trafficking extends beyond categories of wealth or class.

We have received news

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Maximum Sentencing

This past week we helped break the story of what we hope will become a new trend in sentencing Backpage-related crimes: maximum sentencing.

Today, we received word of another encouraging development after it was announced Wednesday that prosecutors will be seeking life terms for two men in Fort Worth who pleaded guilty to

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FBI Testimony Damns Backpage

A few days ago, Steven M. D’Antuono, Acting Deputy Assistant Director for the Criminal Investigative Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation testified before before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C. on combating illicit financing by anonymous shell companies.

While statements before the Urban Affairs committee is generally

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Latest Backpage Bust Suggests New Avenue For Catching Human Trafficking Conspirators: Texting History

There has been no shortage of disheartening news for the bad-faith operators behind the infamous Backpage underage sex trafficking scheme vociferously advocated by Tony Ortega and other spineless lackies who stood up to defend the indefensible.

This past weekend news of a warrant application leaked to media outlets in Florida for the arrest

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