Backpage.com, CEO plead guilty to state, USA charges

Sex website CEO pleads guilty in Sacramento to money laundering in Backpage case | The Sacramento Bee

In a statement Thursday, the office said Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer also had pleaded guilty to money laundering.

Lacey and Larkin also earlier pleaded not guilty in California after Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Larry Brown previous year allowed the state to continue with money laundering charges.

Backpage - accused of being the biggest website for prostitution in the world, with its classifieds used to promote paid-for sex with minors and victims of human trafficking - was abruptly shut down by United States authorities on April 6.

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Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Thursday that the prosecution of Backpage.com has resulted in the company pleading guilty to human trafficking in Texas.

Paxton called the website the "largest online sex trafficking marketplace in the world".

The Texas Attorney General's Office assisted the Department of Justice with permanently shutting down the website a little under a week ago. Authorities accuse the site of facilitating underage sex trafficking.

State prosecutors changed tack past year, filing almost 40 new money laundering charges against Ferrer, Larkin and Lacey.

Seven people employed by Backpage.com, including co-founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin, were charged in a 93-count indictment unsealed on Monday.

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Law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department, seized Backpage's servers last week after the DOJ found the site took "consistent and concerted actions" to intentionally allow ads for illegal sex work, The Washington Post reported.

The "sex worker's rights are women's rights" slogan, was challenged by critics, however, who felt that rallying for legal prostitution essentially argues that sex work is an inherent part of being a female.

In addition to modifying advertisements, Ferrer admitted that he and other Backpage officials duped credit card companies and banks that refused to process the company's payments.

A federal subcommittee in 2017 went further in a scathing report alleging Backpage concealed its criminal conduct by sanitizing its adult ads and stripping words and terms such as "lolita", "rape", "amber alert" and "school girl" that could tip authorities to sex trafficking and child sex trafficking - all under Ferrer's direction.

The 61-page indictment, returned under seal March 28 by a federal grand jury, claimed that "virtually every dollar flowing into Backpage's coffers represents proceeds of illegal activity".

In exchange for his cooperation, Ferrer will serve a maximum of five years in each case, to be served concurrently.

But Brown threw out pimping conspiracy and other state charges against Backpage's operators.

The site was the dominant hub for sex workers to advertise their services, and it had come under increasing scrutiny in recent years as the U.S. government made efforts to crack down on sex trafficking with legislation like the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act (SESTA), which President Trump signed this week.

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