Tony Ortega: Exploited Ignorance

There’s no shortage of bizarre stories surrounding Backpage (and we’re not just talking about the wholly fictional pro-Backpage propaganda Tony Ortega routinely pumped like raw sewage into the town aquifer.)

Today’s story is one of the stranger ones we’ve yet seen out of this ever-expanding Backpage sex syndicate scandal.

This

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Petulant Silence: Backpage Crime Syndicate Takes The Fifth

“If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”

The above quote could equally apply to the criminals behind the prostitution syndicate know as Backpage.

Last year when the ‘very much for-profit’ advertising website Backpage shuttered its adult ads section, it left in its way bewildered escorts, sex

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The Latest Backpage Pimp To Fall

Another lowlife pimp, this one known as “Cadillac Black”, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for trafficking two underage girls this week. It will come as no surprise to our regular readers to discover “Cadillac Black” used Backpage.com to advertise the young girls as prostitutes.

Christopher Hamlett, 26, also known as

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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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The Rising Tide of the Backpage Backlash

The role Tony Ortega played (and continues to play by remaining silent) supporting the notorious Backpage website is no secret to frequent readers of this blog, but the seismic ripple effect in the wake of the Federal raid which seized more than 12 million dollars from those associated with the underage sex-for-hire platform is

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Why doesn’t Paul Haggis speak out?

Paul Haggis often brags that his charitable work in Haiti began well before the 2010 earthquake, insisting that he has raised millions of dollars for the impoverished country. But there is something he is not speaking out about.

Troubling reports began surfacing about cover-ups surrounding investigations into the hiring of sex workers for

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A Watershed Moment

The vast majority of women who are raped or sexually assaulted do not report the crime to police, as surveys in light of allegations facing Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh suggests. Tragically, this is so because in many cases because the victims have little confidence that their attacker will ever be brought to justice.

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Bipartisan Justice Part II

In our last post we referenced the bipartisan support that lead to The U.S. Senate’s condemnation of Backpage and its vocal supports when it voted overwhelmingly in February to close an Internet law loophole that has shielded Backpage from liability when they ran ads for minors being offered as prostitutes.

The law this

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Size and Scope

For as much as we’ve talked about the dangers of Tony Ortega’s hate-blog and the work of his former employers at the sleazy sex selling site, Backpage, it could be helpful to take a moment to set each in its proper context.

For example, Tony Ortega’s ‘angry troll on the internet’ routine generates

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Tony Ortega’s Spurious Logic

The more one examines Tony Ortega’s involvement as Editor-in-Chief of his former rag, the Village Voice, and how he defended their attempts to make money off of sex trafficking the sicker one gets.

We know have incontrovertible proof in the form of first-hand, corroborated accounts (as described in affidavits to the Court by

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