Backpage Execs Hit With New Pimping, Laundering Charges

Law360, Los Angeles (January 3, 2017, 3:19 PM EST) -- The California attorney general’s office filed new criminal charges against Backpage.com’s chief executive and controlling shareholders for alleged pimping and money laundering and called the classified website an “online brothel,” weeks after a California judge dismissed the state’s sex-trafficking case against the executives.

The new charges filed on Dec. 23 against Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer and shareholders Michael Lacey and James Larkin are based on “the uncovering of new evidence” and include 26 counts of money laundering and 13 counts of pimping and conspiracy to commit pimping, according to the attorney general’s office.

“In seven of the pimping counts, the victims...

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