Carl Ferrer, left, James Larkin and Michael Lacey were charged in a pimping case in connection with international classified ad website Backpage.com. A judge has rejected those charges. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-backpage-charges-tossed-20161209-story.html
A Judge has rejected state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris’ effort to prosecute the operators of Backpage.com, one of the largest online classified advertisement websites, as the “world’s top online brothel” in hosting advertisements for adult services. The California attorney general’s office had accused the company’s chief executive and former owners of creating a website with knowledge that prostitutes and pimps use it to advertise sexual services, and filed pimping-related charges against them.
The judge said the Communications Decency Act of 1996 “struck a balance in favor of free speech” in keeping Internet service providers protected from liability. “We’re just gratified that the court upheld the rule of law and dismissed this baseless prosecution,” said Robert Corn-Revere, a 1st Amendment attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine. “The government doesn’t get to ignore the demands of the 1st Amendment and … the Communications Decency Act.” A lawyer and expert on Internet law, Heather Antoine, said she thinks legal immunity for online publishers is an important concept in the age of the Internet, so that websites such as Facebook and other social media websites can host free speech without fearing lawsuits regarding another person’s writings. “We need the Internet to function to have a free society,” Antoine said in an interview. “If the state of California wants to go after these adult service rings, then that’s who they should go after. They shouldn’t go after Backpage.com because it’s technically easier for them.”
https://news.vice.com/story/backpage-removes-adult-ads-after-senate-accusations-of-sex-trafficking Backpage.com removed its controversial “adult section” after a searing report from the Senate accused the classified website of “knowingly” facilitating underage sex trafficking. The 53-page Senate report, published Monday by an investigative subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, contains three principal findings. First, Backpage concealed evidence of sex trafficking by “systematically editing its ‘adult’ ads. Second, executives knew about it. And third, despite the website’s sale to an undisclosed foreign company in 2014, the true beneficiaries remain the same people who founded it.
“Backpage moderators told the subcommittee that everyone at the company knew the adult-section ads were for prostitution and that their job was to ‘put lipstick on a pig’ by sanitizing them,” the report states. Despite removing the adult section, the Texas-based website isn’t backing down quietly. All the options under the category now display “censored” in red lettering below them, and clicking on any navigates to a page with a similar message. The subcommittee, led by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), alleged in the report that Backpage executives instructed employees or moderators as early as 2006 to “edit the text of adult ads to conceal the true nature of the underlying transaction,” which, in turn, made them harder for authorities to track.
By 2010, according to the report, a feature called the “Strip Term From Ad Filter” formalized the manual scrubbing process, at the direction of CEO Carl Ferrer. The filter removed words such as “teenage,” “amber alert,” “little girl,” “lolita,” “innocent,” and “rape,” among others, from classified ads, according to the report. The report also cites a statistic from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, asserting that Backpage is involved in 73% of reports the general public makes to the organization. As it turns out, running sex ads is a lucrative business. Backpage’s internal revenue reports, according to a statement by California’s District Attorney’s Office last year, 99% of the company’s global income between Jan. 2013 and March 2015 was “directly attributable to the ‘adult’ section.” California and Texas attorney generals launched a joint investigation into Backpage last year.
On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal brought by three women who claim the site allowed them to be trafficked at just 15-years-old. Meanwhile, some suggest that cracking down on sites like Backpage places sex workers in more danger. Operating through online advertisements, they can screen clients and agree on terms, such as using protection, before meeting them. Without online ads, the industry is forced outdoors.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/backpage-com-executives-refuse-to-testify-congressional-hearing/ Executives at the advertising website Backpage.com refused to testify before Congress Tuesday following a Senate report that accuses the site of systematically editing its “adult” ads to remove words that indicate sex trafficking. Four top executives and the company’s lawyer told a Senate subcommittee they were invoking their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, the panel’s top Democrat, called Backpage “a $600 million company built on selling sex - and importantly, built on selling sex with children.” Rather than turn away ads that sell girls as young as 12 for sex, Backpage executives “just tried to make it less obvious,” McCaskill said. The committee’s report said the company used a computer program to find and delete words such as “Lolita,” ‘’cheerleader,” ‘’teenager” and “young.” The editing practices amounted to “coaching” traffickers and pimps in how to make their ads appear legitimate while continuing to sell girls and boys into prostitution and modern-day slavery, McCaskill said. “That, ladies and gentlemen, is the definition of evil - simply evil,” she said.
Prosecutors have alleged that more than 90 percent of Backpage’s revenue - millions of dollars each month - comes from adult escort ads that use coded language and nearly nude photos to offer sex for money. The Senate report says that despite public claims to the contrary, Ferrer, Larkin and Lacey are the “true beneficial owners of the company.” The report says Larkin and Lacey loaned Ferrer $600 million to buy the company from them, and the men concealed their ownership interest through “a complex chain of domestic and international shell companies.” Ferrer, Lacey, Larkin and chief operating officer Andrew Padilla all refused to testify Tuesday, as did Elizabeth McDougall, the company’s general counsel.
Only adult listings in the US are censored, you can still access the classified ads of hookers in other countries. http://ontario.backpage.ca/FemaleEscorts/?layout=gallery
http://www.backpage.com/classifieds/Media As the direct result of unconstitutional government censorship, Backpage.com has removed its Adult content section from the highly popular classified website, effective immediately. For years, the legal system protecting freedom of speech prevailed, but new government tactics, including pressuring credit card companies to cease doing business with Backpage, have left the company with no other choice but to remove the content in the United States. As federal appeals court Judge Richard Posner has described, the goal is either to “suffocate” Backpage out of existence or use the awesome powers of the government to force Backpage to follow in the footsteps of Craigslist and abandon its Adult advertising section. Judge Posner described such tactics as “a formula for permitting unauthorized, unregulated, foolproof, lawless government coercion.” “It's a sad day for America's children victimized by prostitution,” said Dr. Lois Lee, Founder and President, Children of the Night, a leading national hotline and shelter program for victims of sex trafficking based in Los Angeles. “Backpage.com was a critical investigative tool depended on by America's vice detectives and agents in the field to locate and recover missing children and to arrest and successfully prosecute the pimps who prostitute children.” She added, “The ability to search for and track potentially exploited children on a website and have the website bend over backwards to help and cooperate with police the way Backpage did was totally unique. It not only made law enforcement's job easier, it made them much more effective at rescuing kids and convicting pimps.”
Backpage.com was created thirteen years ago by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, through their newspaper company, New Times Media, to compete with Craigslist, the nation’s largest online classified ad platform. Larkin and Lacey were pioneers in independent journalism, establishing Village Voice Media in 1970 to provide alternative news coverage of the Vietnam war and later served as editor and publisher of twenty weekly newspapers. As The Center for Democracy and Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have observed, the Senate subcommittee has engaged in an “invasive, burdensome inquiry into Backpage.com’s editorial practices [that] creates an intense chilling effect, not only for Backpage but for any website operator seeking to define their own editorial viewpoint and moderation procedures for the third-party content they host.” This will not end the fight for online freedom of speech. Backpage.com will continue to pursue its efforts in court to vindicate its First Amendment rights and those of other online platforms for third party expression.
https://cdt.org/press/backpage-com-succumbing-to-government-is-blow-to-free-speech-online/ “This issue is about far more than just one company or one form of speech; it’s about protecting the right of all Americans to freely express themselves online and to find platforms for their constitutionally protected speech. This is an important reminder that our online freedoms remain under threat,” said Nuala O’Connor, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). “While the fundamental legal framework protecting free speech remains strong, too often we see government officials attempt to circumvent these protections to achieve their censorship goals.” CDT was founded to help preserve a free and open internet, and participated in the critical cases that established the principle that online speech warrants the highest level of First Amendment protection. Over the years, we have fought back against government actors who seek to censor through pernicious, extralegal methods, including threats, intimidation, and ruinous litigation. As Judge Richard Posner, of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, described in Backpage.com v. Dart, these extralegal pressure tactics by the government constitute “a formula for permitting unauthorized, unregulated, foolproof, lawless government coercion.”
“The tactics used against sites like Backpage and Craigslist threaten speech far beyond what’s posted on online classified ad sites,” said Emma Llansó, Director of Free Expression at CDT. “When government officials move beyond the bully pulpit and conduct persistent pressure campaigns to achieve a result repeatedly denied to them in court, we’re in the territory of unaccountable government censorship that is anathema to First Amendment values. With government actors at the highest level publicly threatening and bullying journalists and activists, the risks of unchecked extralegal censorship are all too clear.”
>>190564 There are more links on back page, but I think I summed up the important parts. I see an opportunity here for masterchan.. Since Gad was talking about rebranding the site, we might be able to insert ourselves into international attention by hosting classified ads. It could be like the great 4chan Exodus of '14.. Gad, this is your chance to uphold free speech, to scale the platform to a well known world wide company that could be untouchable and unstoppable. You can rule the entire planet. Just think of classified ads of hookers alongside a thread full of candydoll. All the media attention and controversy this could cause..
>>190572 >more links on backpage I got a little side tracked that last post lol http://www.backpage.com/classifieds/Media
I was worried about all these poor hookers that are now out of work. The entire countries hotel/motel industry that charges by the hour depends on hookers to keep them in business. Its not just drug addicted pimps anchors, its also maids, bell boys, front desk clerks, and everyone else in the motel industry that all rely on prostitution. I went looking for a back page alternative, turns out there already is one at least.. http://www.besthotads.com/post-ads-list-gallery/90312/4381/4443
>>190578 I found this by googling backpage alternative, and came across http://www.ibackpage.com which is just a big advertisement for hotads lol
>>190578 I found a couple more, there doesn't seem to be as many ads on them compaired to backpage, I'm impressed by this one tho.. For example this hooker costs $700/hr or $10000 for 2 days lol http://www.eros.com/california/los_angeles/files/763591.htm
>>190581 That's probably considered cheap in that neck of the woods.
All porn is is prostitution with a camcorder. Strange how LEA uses every trick in the book, surveillance, etc. to prosecute whoredom but look the other way for porn.
Where can I find teens?? Asking for a friend.
>>190717 In a high school.
>>190655 They used to use every trick against porn until people fought back politically. People just need to fight for prostitution
>>190564 >Judge (((Richard Posner)))