Tony Ortega’s “Small Problem”

“Far from a widespread and rapidly growing problem, this is, instead, a small problem that stays about the same size because its underlying causes… are not targeted with federal funds the way scaremongering is.” – Tony Ortega

The above is a now infamous quote made by Tony Ortega back when he was in the business of defending, and providing political cover for, sex trafficking. The sentiments behind his words may be best summarized as: ‘Take it from me, sex trafficking is no big deal and anyone who says otherwise is just trying to scare you.”

Needless to say Ortega’s words, like the vast majority of his sorry career, have not aged well. Consider them in light of yet another Backpage-related tragedy in this news today.

This time the story deals with a former middle school teacher who admitted paying for sex with a 14-year-old girl who was trafficked on Backpage.com. On Tuesday this week we was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in what is only the latest criminal case stemming from the now-shuttered site.

Tony Ortega may want desperately for you to believe that underage sex trafficking is nothing more than “scaremongering” and is nothing more than a “small problem”. I wonder if he would insist on his disgustingly self-serving fabrication to the parents of the 14 year old child who was repeatedly delivered to johns at homes and motels across north central Florida for the purpose of being pimped out in a sex for money scheme?

Among the men who used this 14 year old girl, whom courts have kept anonymous for her protection, was Jeffrey Farrell Davis (36) who responded to ads on Backpage.com explicitly offering a 14-year-old girl for sex.

If as Tony Ortega contends this was merely a “small problem” why do we keep seeing horror stories like these week after week? Even more damningly, why was a study released by Reuters earlier this month able to declare that after Backpage was put out of business, U.S. demand for prostitutes dropped 67 percent and search volume plunged 90 percent?

The answer is abundantly clear: Far from a truthful source Tony Ortega is, instead, a known liar only too willing to engage in propaganda when it suits his own selfish purposes.

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