The Dutch-owned company is incorporated in Delaware, but its principal place of business is in Dallas. The guilty pleas are the latest in a cascade of developments in the last week against the company founded by the former owners of the Village Voice in New York City, Michael California, 69, and James Larkin, The Dutch-owned company is incorporated in Delaware, but its califoenia place of business is in Dallas. Donate Today Daily Coronavirus Bsckpage Get answers to your questions, daily updates and easy access to the resources you need, delivered every evening to your inbox.
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Carl Ferrer will cooperate in prosecuting Back. Ken Paxton said the company pleaded guilty to human trafficking in Texas. History[ edit ] Back was launched in by New Times Media later to be known as Village Voice Mediaa publisher of 11 alternative newsweeklies, as a free classified backpags website.
Justice Department shut down the website last week. Back argued it has rules to prevent unlawful posts, and some free speech advocates filed briefs in support of its position. He califfornia Ferrer's plea "a game-changer in combatting human trafficking in California, indeed worldwide.
District Court in D. The girls, the oldest of whom was 15, sued Back for claims including sexual exploitation of children, alleging its posting rules were intended to instruct pimps how to post trafficking that evade law enforcement. Overpeople including religious leaders, 51 attorneys general, 19 Califirnia.
The founders also were among those indicted this month by a federal grand jury in Arizona. And the conviction of CEO Ferrer is a game-changer in combatting human trafficking in California, indeed worldwide.
bsckpage The event will also feature The Freedom Drivers Project, a first-of-its-kind foot california exhibit that includes artifacts from trafficking cases, portraits of Truckers Against Trafficking members, and ways members of the public can the fight against human trafficking. The award recognizes individuals who have worked to prevent and prosecute human trafficking and protect victims from violence, exploitation, and backpage. PSI subsequently issued a shorter document subpoena with only eight requests but broader in scope and also targeting Back.
In Augustthe U. Congress has spoken on this matter and it is for Congress, not this Court, to revisit.
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Five employees of the site also were arrested and pleaded not guilty, but Lacey and Larkin are the only ones in jail. Brown ruled that the charges are barred by a federal law protecting free speech that grants backpagr to websites posting content from others.
Back successfully argued that the First Amendment protections of free speech would be compromised by any restriction on postings by individuals on the Back website. Lacey and Larkin also earlier pleaded not guilty to the California charges after Calufornia County Superior Court Judge Larry Brown last year allowed the state to continue with money-laundering charges.
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They enlisted support from musicians, politicians, journalists, media companies and retailers. Prodigy Services Co. Each appellate court issued temporary stays to consider whether to grant a stay pending appeal,  but eventually denied the emergency stay requests,  However, the D. Calirornia County Superior Court Judge Larry Brown last year threw out pimping conspiracy and other state charges against Back's operators.
The federal shield for content liability is considered critical for web companies ranging from Google and Facebook to eBay and Airbnb, but it has come under fire from some lawmakers and judges. Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer will serve 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. It contains details about 17 alleged victims california range from minors as young as 14 years old to adults, who were allegedly trafficked on the site while Back was knowingly facilitating prostitution.
Justice Department also seized and shut california the website, and Ferrer's federal plea deal requires him to help the government seize all the company's assets. Kristen DiAngelo, executive director of the Backpage Backpags Outreach Project of Sacramento, criticized the shutdown, questioning how many sex workers across the United States no longer had a way to support themselves. The federal plea deal says any prison sentence Ferrer would face would run concurrent with his 5-year terms in Texas and California.
After a voluntary, day-long briefing and interview provided by the company's General Counsel, PSI followed up with a subpoena to Back. Ferrer was noticeably absent cxlifornia the federal indictment, which referenced a "CF" who was heavily involved with the site.
Attorneys for the company and Lacey, Larkin and Ferrer did not respond to multiple telephone and messages from The Associated Press. As a nonprofit organization, donations from people like you sustain the journalism that allows us to discover stories that are california to our audience. The State of Texas was also considering a money laundering charge pending its investigation. Much of the subpoena targeted Back's editorial functions as an online intermediary.
Earlier this year, however, a similar trafficking case involving children against Back in Massachusetts was dismissed by a federal appeals court, which said the backpaeg speech backpage embodied in the Communications Decency Act were paramount. Back, the second-largest U.