These Select Summaries of Backpage Victims Speak Volumes

Tony Ortega

This week we are going to shift gears just a little bit. In our examination of the  official timeline of the rise of Backpage as laid forth in the State’s charging document, we’ve been focusing on the business side of the Backpage tragedy.

It is worth noting, however, that the indictment itself

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With Tony Ortega’s Lie Exposed, Backpage’s Dangerous Shell Game Continued

Tony Ortega

Thus far in our exploration of the official court documents surrounding the pending Backpage human sex trafficking trial we have found nothing to support to false pretense made by Tony Ortega and his fellow conspirators on the Backpage payroll that knew nothing about what was going on.

On the contrary, it seems

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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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Detectives Attest: “Backpage Was Pimp Controlled Prostitution”

Making the case that Backpage knew full well it was in the business of sex trafficking just gets easier by the day. On the off chance, however, our readers are not yet convinced, consider this in-house document circulated amongst Backpage’s moderators on July 30, 2015, entitled “trainingJuly2015“.

This training manual specifically told moderators 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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When The Banks Declared War On Backpage

Tony Ortega

Tony Ortega might have tried to sell Backpage to the public as a glorified dating site but the reality, as we’ve been seeing over the course of our investigation into the legal filings, was something far more nefarious.

The plain, undeniable truth is that they were selling women and children to perverts

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Notified of Kidnapped Girl For Sale on Their Site, Backpage Does Nothing

Tony Ortega

Backpage’s deliberate attempt to feign ignorance concerning the wide range of sex crimes they were actively facilitating on their website is by this point, no longer up for debate for anyone willing to look at the evidence.

For those, however, who still may be on the fence about Backpage’s criminal negligence consider

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Backpage Backpedals Into Blame-shifting

Tony Ortega

Recently we saw how Backpage turned a blind eye to a woman who had contacted them to report that one of the “escorts” depicted in their online ads was only 17 years old. Despite the fact that the woman had informed them that the juvenile had been attempting to recruit the complaining

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“They Knew! They Lied! They Tried to Hide Their Crimes!”

Tony ortega

Back when Tony Ortega was shooting off his mouth in praise of Backpage, one of his favorite lies seems to have been what we’ve come to know as the ‘myth of Backpage self-moderation. Tony Ortega falsely claimed that Backpage took ‘proactive’ steps to root out instances of illicit prostitution and child sex

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