Backpage brought in a half-billion dollars since it began inmostly though prominent risque advertising Houston backpag escorts and massages, among other services and some goods for sale, according to federal prosecutors.
Authorities allege the site was often used to traffic underage victims, Houston backpag company officials said they tried to scrub the site of such ads. Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer will Find horny women jonesboro no more than five years in prison under a California agreement in which he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of money laundering in California.
And a federal judge in Phoenix unsealed an April 5 plea deal revealing that Ferrer pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and Backpage. The guilty pleas Houston backpag the latest in a cascade of developments in the last Houston backpag against the company founded by the former owners of the Village Voice in New Houston backpag City, Michael Lacey, 69, and James Larkin, The company founders were among Backpage officials indicted by a federal grand jury Housston Arizona.
Attorneys for the company and Lacey, Larkin and Houston backpag did not respond to multiple telephone and email messages from The Associated Press. The U.
The federal plea deal says any prison sentence Ferrer would face would run concurrent with his 5-year terms Houston backpag Texas and California. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton characterized the company as the largest advertiser of adult escort services in Houston backpag United States.
Law enforcement officials in Houston backpag arrested Ferrer, accusing him of pimping conspiracy, pimping a Houston backpag and attempted pimping of a minor. Law enforcement officials in California arrested Ferrer, accusing him of pimping conspiracy, pimping a minor.
Paxton said his office and the California attorney general's office discovered evidence that adult and sex trafficking victims across the globe were forced into prostitution through Houston backpag that appeared on Backpage's website in a lengthy joint investigation, which remains ongoing.
Victims Houston backpag sex Houston backpag, both children and adult victims, were interviewed as part of an investigation spanning three years, the attorney general said.
Ferrer is to be charged in California, although Texas executed a search warrant on suspicion of money laundering Thursday, Paxton said.
Paxton has Houston backpag yet charged Ferrer with wrongdoing, but is considering a money laundering charge pending an investigation. Paxton said Ferrer ignored warnings to cease publication of ads Houston backpag prostitution and escort services, according to Paxton.