The Lesson Tony Ortega And His Sex Trafficking Pals Refused To Learn

Tony Ortega Backpage Apologist

Beginning in or around January 2016, Backpage’s moderators were instructed to stop removing ads that contained the phrase “GFE”, short for ‘Girl Friend Experience’. For example, on January 28, 2016, Assistant Operations Manager Joye Vaught was sent an email from a Backpage moderator explaining that “As far as I am

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As Pressure Mounted, Backpage Doubled Down On Its Shameless Villainy

It’s no secret Backpage flaunted local, state, and federal laws at every turn. Despite multiple pleas to cease and desist which the Backpage sex trafficking operation received from child advocacy groups and continued warnings from police departments across the country, the shadowy organization nonetheless persisted in its wanton abuses.

Court records show that

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From Carl Ferrer to Tony Ortega: A History Of Backpage’s Subterfuge To Avoid Scrutiny

Andrew Padilla

On April 24, 2014, Joye Vaught sent an email to Backpage’s moderators (while cc’ing Andrew Padilla). In this email, Vaught explained that if a moderator came across an ad containing a link to a a “sex for money” website, the moderator should add the link to a list of banned terms but

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Backpage: Primed For Crime From Day One

Tony Ortega Backpage Apologist

On September 11, 2013, a Backpage representative made a presentation to the Arizona Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking. Following this presentation (which took place in Phoenix), the representative was asked whether there would be any “cons” to requiring verifiable identification of all escorts being advertised on Backpage’s website. In

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