Major win in the fight against online sex trafficking
By admin Attorney General Ken Paxton announces Carl Ferrer’s arrest. Photo: Texas Attorney General’s Office
California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have taken a courageous stand against commercial sexual exploitation by arresting Carl Ferrer, chief executive of Backpage.com.
Ferrer’s website, one of the largest facilitators of online prostitution, makes millions of dollars a year charging users to post ads selling people for sex. The investigation, led by the California Department of Justice, confirms that Backpage.com is far worse than some online “escort” service.
After a three-year probe, the California agency reported that many of Backpage.com’s prostitution ads involve victims of sex trafficking, including children under the age of 18. California’s probe was sparked in part by reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of an 800 percent increase in suspected child sex trafficking over five years, much of it caused by online sex trafficking. The center documented 2,900 cases where suspected child sex trafficking occurred via Backpage.com.
Considering that 99 percent of the company’s worldwide income is directly attributable to its “adult” section, the evidence makes clear Ferrer profited from trafficking. Backpage.com’s records, cited in the probe, show its gross income from California was $2.5 million per month …read more
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