Backpage CEO Arrested

More Trouble for Backpage!!  Backpage CEO Arrested CEO Carl Ferrer, 55, was arrested October 6 in Houston and charged with pimping a minor, pimping and conspiracy to commit pimping. Two major shareholders of the website, James Larkin and Michael Lacey, were also charged with conspiracy to commit pimping. Ferrer was arrested as he was returning on a flight from Amsterdam, where the company that owns Backpage is headquartered.

Backpage enables users to post classified ads, but is perhaps best known for allowing “escort” ads. Other websites that prominently feature classified ads, such as Craigslist, have already banned escort ads. According to, the California Department of Justice spent three years investigating Backpage. California’s attorney general, Kamala Harris, said Backpage was “purposefully and unlawfully designed” as an online brothel.

Credit for the impetus of the investigation goes to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which has chronicled thousands of cases of child sex trafficking on Backpage, said.


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