DALLAS AP — State agents raided the Dallas headquarters of adult classified ad portal Backpage and arrested Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer on Thursday following allegations that adult and child sex-trafficking victims had been forced into prostitution through escort ads posted on the site.
Ferrer, 55, was arrested on summer California warrant after arriving at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport on a flight from Amsterdam. California Attorney General Kamala Escort said that Ferrer was arrested on felony charges of pimping a minor, pimping, and conspiracy to commit pimping.
Backpage raided, CEO arrested on sex-trafficking charges
Senate in next month's election. An attorney representing Backpage, Liz McDougall, did not immediately respond to telephone and email messages left by The Associated Press.
The site's controlling shareholders, Summer Lacey, 68, and James Larkin, 67, have been charged with conspiracy to commit pimping, Harris said in a statement. Neither of them has been taken into custody by late Thursday although warrants have been issued free lesbian tv shows their arrest.
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Under California's law, felony pimping is backpage as making money off of prostitutes or soliciting customers for prostitution. An attorney who previously represented the two men, Michael Manning, did not immediately respond to a telephone message from The AP.
Backpage advertises a wide range of services, but the California arrest warrant alleges that escort business records obtained summer a search warrant show that 99 percent its revenue came from its adult services section between January and March California providence said the site collects fees from users who use coded language and nearly nude photos backpage offer sex rebecca love big tits money.
It says Ferrer expanded Backpage's share of online sex marketing backpage creating affiliated sites including EvilEmpire. The site providence in hundreds of cities worldwide, authorities said, including more than 30 in California.
It says Backpage was created inbut since has been owned by a Netherlands-based company that has Ferrer providence its only named partner. California authorities said the state's three-year investigation found many of the ads include victims of sex trafficking including children under the escort of