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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Tony Ortega’s Readers Respond: “This is Horrifying”

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In our last installment we began to make the case that Tony Ortega’s role as Editor-At-Large at the Village Voice made him the final word on what was published in that paper concerning the defense of Backpage. As we concluded then, the words he published he bears responsibility for, whether he

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Tony Ortega: “Uninformed Backpage Crusader”

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At the Village Voice during the era of Backpage, the buck stopped with its Editor-At-Large, Tony Ortega. It turns out this fact is as important as it is damning because it means that nothing was printed in the alt tabloid weekly during his tenure which had not at some level met with

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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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Tony “The Pimp Defender” Ortega May Be Silent On Sex Trafficking But His Vile Rhetoric Still Echoes

Tony Ortega

More information following our reporting on the developing bombshell Twitter child sex trafficking case we first told our readers about yesterday.Indeed, the more we learn about the particulars of this case the clearer and more alarming we see the criminal pattern between the exploitation of minors on the Twitter platform and what

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Twitter Sex Trafficking Lawsuit May Finally Expose Tony Ortega’s Backpage Lie

Tony Ortega

Last week a federal lawsuit was filed against social media giant Twitter which carries with it potentially seismic repercussions for platforms promoting sex trafficking (such as Backpage) and those who would publicly advocate on their behalf (such as notorious Backpage shill Tony Ortega).

The suit, filed Wednesday on behalf of a teenager,

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Is There Really Any Difference Between Tony Ortega and The Backpage Pimps He Protected?

Previous we here at the blog reported to our readers on the absolutely nightmarish saga of a Backpage pimp from Houston Texas named David Mearis who received the largest sentence we’ve yet seen in connection with the human sex trafficking scam Tony Ortega advocated on behalf of for years.

We noted at the time

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An Undeniable “Reign of Terror”

In what many are calling the biggest judgement against a Backpage pimp to date,  this Monday brought news that East Texas man who trafficked children and adults during an “eight-year reign of terror” in North Houston was ordered to serve a life sentence in federal prison and pay nearly $1 million in restitution to

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Obfuscation By Circumnavigation Puts Ortega In No-Win Situation

More details out today following the explosive news we first reported to you in our last post about a young woman who had been one of the many children trafficked by Backpage.

The young woman — who has requested anonymity in the case — was bought and sold to be raped during a

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Ortega’s ‘Backpage Defense’ Gets The Boot As Sex Trafficking Businesses See Eviction Rates Soar

Back at the end of October we raised the then controversial proposition that landlords should begin using their positions to deny rental privileges to those who engage in or promote human trafficking. 

At that time we even, somewhat jokingly, suggested in our piece that this might be a compelling argument for  Tony’s wife

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