This photo released by the Texas Office of the Attorney General shows Carl Ferrer. (AP)

Online sex bust: Backpage.com's CEO arrested for sex-trafficking

The sex ad site 's 45-year-old CEO was arrested on charges including pimping a minor


Terry WallaceDon Thompson
October 7, 2016 3:15PM (UTC)

DALLAS — State agents have raided the Dallas offices of adult classified ad portal Backpage.com and arrested Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer following allegations that adult and child sex-trafficking victims were forced into prostitution through escort ads posted on the site.

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Ferrer, 45, was arrested on a California warrant after arriving Thursday in Houston on a flight from Amsterdam. Authorities also issued warrants for the arrest of the site's controlling shareholders, 68-year-old Michael Lacey and 67-year-old James Larkin.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Ferrer was arrested on felony charges of pimping a minor, pimping, and conspiracy to commit pimping. Under California law, pimping is defined as making money off prostitutes or soliciting customers for prostitution.

RELATED: Sex ads: It isn’t just Backpage.com

Attorneys for the three company officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the charges.


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