Backpage CEO arrested in Texas in 2016 then charged in California on counts of pimping minors
(FOX NEWS) –Backpage.com, the website known for its sex and prostitution-related classified advertisements, was shut down and seized by the FBI on Friday, according to reports and a large notice displayed on the site’s homepage.
“Backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division,” the notice on the site read.
News of the site’s seizure follows reports that the Arizona home of the site’s founder, Michael Lacey, was raided on Friday morning. “Law enforcement activity is occurring,” the Phoenix FBI told the New York Daily News.
Carl Ferrer, the Backpage CEO, was arrested in Texas in 2016, according to the Wall Street Journal.
He was then charged in California on a series of counts, including pimping minors. Ferrer and other Backpage executives haven’t been convicted of criminal wrongdoing.
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