Carl Ferrer will cooperate in prosecuting Backpage. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of money laundering in California.
The guilty pleas are the latest in a cascade of developments in the last week against the company founded Backpage duncanville tx the former owners of the Village Voice in New York City, Michael Lacey, 69, and James Larkin, The company founders were among company indicted by a federal grand jury in Arizona, while Ferrer, 57, was noticeably absent from the indictment.
Justice Department also seized and shut down the website used to prominently advertise escorts and massages, among other services and some goods for sale. Authorities allege the site was often used to traffic underage victims, while company officials said they tried to scrub the website of such ads. Attorneys for the company and the three men did not respond to multiple telephone and email messages from The Associated Press.
And the conviction of CEO Ferrer is a game-changer in combatting human trafficking in California, indeed worldwide. Larkin remains jailed in Arizona while he awaits a hearing Monday on whether he should be released after pleading Backpage duncanville tx guilty to federal charges alleging he helped publish ads for sexual services. Magistrate Judge Bridget Bade said Thursday that attorneys have agreed on the terms of release, but other details must be ironed out.
Lacey and Larkin also earlier pleaded not guilty to the California charges after Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Larry Brown last year allowed the state to continue with money laundering charges.
Brown ruled that the charges are barred by a federal law protecting free speech that grants immunity to websites posting content from others. President Donald Trump this week signed a law making it easier to prosecute website operators in the future. The Dutch-owned company is incorporated in Delaware, but its principal place of business is in Dallas. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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