The President Declares War on Backpage-style Sex Trafficking

On the last day of 2019, the President proclaimed January to be “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month,” calling the crime of trafficking an “affront to humanity that tragically reaches all parts of the world.” And having seen the mess Tony Ortega made of his so-called career while shilling for Backpage, it’s clear that even villains behind the scenes have been made victims of their own handiwork.

In the Dec. 31 proclamation, the President said trafficking “erodes personal dignity and also “destroys the moral fabric of society.” He said there are new trafficking victims every day in the United States, adding that in January, his administration is reaffirming their commitment to eradicating the crime.

Indeed, even since the fall of Backpage, about 1 in 800 people in the United States remain in “modern sex slavery,” according to official 2018 data. The phrase is a broad term used to describe victims of forced labor, sexual exploitation or servitude, and forced couplings, among numerous other abuses. In other words, the exact sort of things Tony Ortega daily lied through his teeth to convince us Backpage wasn’t doing.

“Human traffickers exploit others through forced labor or commercial sex, and traffickers profit from their victims’ horrific suffering,” the president said. “The evil of human trafficking must be defeated.”

Which perhaps is why it was such heartening news to learn that on Wednesday of this week an Arizona federal judge once more declined to throw out the indictment of former executives and employees of Backpage, the notorious child-sex selling site Tony Ortega so ardently defended, ruling that they hadn’t shown that the Communications Decency Act precludes their prior federal criminal charges. Ortega bragged about his bosses when he said, “The people I work for were smart enough to start”. 

The former executives and employees are accused of facilitating countless acts of prostitution and child sex-trafficking through their numerous ads on the scoff-law website once affiliated with the publisher of the Village Voice, which our readers will recall was un-coincidentally the very same rag formerly headed by noted scumbag and sex-trafficking apologist-at-large, Tony Ortega.

The trial of Backpage’s founders is set to begin in May 2020.

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