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Backpage Prostitution Case Brings Mixed Verdicts

Founder Michael Lacey is convicted of a single financial count

(Newser) - A jury was unable to reach a verdict on 84 counts against Michael Lacey, the founder of—a site prosecutors say was set up to profit from prostitution —but nevertheless convicted him of a money-laundering charge. Two former executives were found guilty of using the site to...

Backpage CEO Wraps Up '3-State Guilty Plea Tour'

Carl Ferrer will testify against co-founders, face max of 5 years in Arizona

(Newser) - A laundry list of high-level staffers at are facing money laundering and facilitating prostitution charges , with one top executive now agreeing to testify against the rest of them. Per the AP , CEO Carl Ferrer has struck a plea deal in which he'll admit guilt to state and...

Backpage Shuts Adult Section After Damning Report

Site is 'far more complicit in online sex trafficking' than previously known: report

(Newser) - The founders and CEO of may have beat pimping charges , but their classified site hasn't escaped unscathed from claims that it benefited from prostitution and human trafficking. The site shuttered its adult section on Monday, claiming government censorship and "an assault on the First Amendment,"...

Backpage CEO, Owners Beat Pimping Charges

Judge says they're protected by same law that protects Facebook, YouTube

(Newser) - The CEO and former owners of will get off on an assortment of pimping charges thanks to the same law that protects Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and more, the Mercury News reports. According to Ars Technica , the trio were accused of profiting off "escort" ads selling sex with...

Backpage Wasn't Always a Haven for Sex Ads
Backpage Wasn't Always 
a Haven for Sex Ads

Backpage Wasn't Always a Haven for Sex Ads

But it is now, and a legal case raises free-speech implications

(Newser) - has a reputation of being the seedy home for online sex ads, and one stat puts a point on it: Of the $50 million in revenue it earned in California from January 2013 to March 2015, 99% of it came from adult ads, notes the Ringer . "It...

Boss of 'Top Online Brothel' Charged With Pimping CEO arrested in Texas

(Newser) - The CEO of isn't just a pimp, authorities in California and Texas say, he's the pimp of "the world's top online brothel"—and underage victims of sex trafficking have made him a lot of money. Carl Ferrer was arrested in Houston Thursday on...

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