Numerous previous court ruling and decisions were cited in the Demurrer supporting this position. The AG filed its response to the Demurrer on 4 November Backpage Attorneys filed their reply in support of the Demurrer on 10 November On 16 November Judge Michael Bowman of the Superior Court of the State of California issued a tentative ruling in this case supporting the position of Backpage and granting its request for dismissal of the case.
Bowman dismissed all the charges in the complaint, stating that:. Congress has precluded liability for online publishers for the action of publishing third party speech and thus provided for both a foreclosure from prosecution and an affirmative defense at trial.
Congress has spoken on this matter and it is for Congress, not this Court, to revisit. They were charged with pimping and money laundering. Lawyers for Backpage responded that the charges rehashed the earlier case that had been dismissed on December 9, Jim Grant, an attorney for Backpage said: Since April , the U. Over the ensuing months, Backpage raised and PSI rejected numerous objections to the subpoena, including that the subpoena was impermissibly burdensome both in the volume of documents PSI demanded and in its intrusion into constitutionally-protected editorial discretion.
PSI subsequently issued a shorter document subpoena with only eight requests but broader in scope and also targeting Backpage.
PSI applied in March for a federal court order to enforce three of the eight categories of documents in the subpoena. In August , the U. District Court in D. Backpage immediately filed an appeal and sought a stay, which the district court denied, then filed emergency stay petitions with the U.
Court of Appeals for the D. Circuit, and Supreme Court. 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. Circuit agreed to expedite the appeal, and one of its judges who considered the emergency stay said he would have granted it.
Backpage has continued to pursue its appeal despite producing thousands of documents to PSI pursuant to the District Court order. PSI scheduled a Subcommittee hearing regarding Backpage. S 1st Circuit Court of Appeals that a suit filed in Boston federal court in against Backpage by three women who claimed that Backpage was responsible for them being forced into illegal sex transactions.
The Court of Appeals held that Backpage could not be held liable as the "publisher or speaker" for postings on its site by third parties in accordance with the protections provided to website operators under section of the CDA. Also on 9 January , prior to its scheduled hearings on Backpage the next day, the PSI released a report that accused Backpage of knowingly facilitating child sex trafficking.
Shortly thereafter, Backpage announced that it would remove its adult sections from all of its sites in the United States. In late-March and early-April , courts in Massachusetts and Florida affirmed that Backpage's facilitation of sex trafficking fell outside of the immunity granted by Section safe harbors.
The latter ruling argued that because Backpage "materially contributed to the content of the advertisement" by censoring specific keywords, it became a publisher of content and thus no longer protected. On 6 April , Backpage was seized by the United States Department of Justice , and it was reported that Michael Lacey's home had been raided by authorities.
On 12 April , Carl Ferrer, the chief executive officer CEO of Backpage pleaded guilty to both state and federal charges, including but not limited to conspiracy to facilitate prostitution and money laundering. Also on 12 April , the company Backpage pleaded guilty to human trafficking , announced the Texas Attorney General.
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But the attorney general of California has managed the feat. By charging Carl Ferrer, the chief executive of Backpage. He never made it back to Europe. The likes of Amazon, Facebook and Google are about to go to war with the U. Congress over the most unlikely of causes: A new bill by Republican Sen.
It was a splashy announcement: A police investigation into human trafficking in London, Ont. A passenger plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.
Shortly after the first plane hit, patrons in the salon began theorizing about the cause. In an old home movie, young Natalie is laughing and running around with a soccer ball. A contractor for the controversial classifieds website Backpage.
Along with thousands of other girls, she was sold through what amounts to an online brothel called Backpage. Sometimes, Jefferson added, the girls in question are victims of human trafficking, and are forced to meet with paying clients. Carl Ferrer, the co-founder of Backpage, the notorious and now-shuttered site that once hosted a vast quantity of prostitution-related ads, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and money laundering charges.
The embattled CEO of Backpage. The popular classified ads website Backpage was seized on Friday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Gizmodo has confirmed. It remains unclear why the website was seized. On Friday, federal law enforcement authorities seized Backpage domain names, including Backpage.
In addition, the Arizona Republic reported that on Friday morning, law enforcement raided the Sedona-area home of Michael Lacey, a co-founder of the site. After having his website shut down by federal authorities, the CEO of Backpage. Last month I reported that Congress passed new legislation to limit online sex trafficking. The CEO of Backpage, a website that has been accused of allowing ads for child sex trafficking, was arrested Thursday in Texas.
Carl Ferrer, 55, was arrested in Houston after landing on a flight from Amsterdam, the attorney general of Texas announced. After a sustained assault from lawmakers, investigators and victims groups, the website Backpage. California and Texas collaborated to arrest Carl Ferrer, CEO of site that makes millions from escort ads said to lead to human trafficking of adults and children California and Texas collaborated to arrest Carl Ferrer, CEO of site that makes millions from escort ads said to lead to h.
The US authorities have taken control of a classified adverts website accused of involvement in sex trafficking. The site had previously shut down the adult section of its US site, but critics had alleged that prostitution ads had simply moved to other pages. Advertising online has increased the supply and reduced the costs of illicit sex in the United States, data suggests. Advocates say it has improved safety for sex workers, as well. The raid comes amid what appears to be a shut-down of the website.
Websites started shutting down sex work forums even before Trump signed the bill. Online classified ad site Backpage. In November, a terrified year-old girl pounded on an apartment door in Brooklyn. When a surprised woman answered, the girl pleaded for a phone.
She called her mother, and then dialed The United States government has seized Backpage. A notice informing visitors of the seizure was posted on the site, and a Justice Department spokesperson confirmed the notice. So here's a Friday evening surprise: If you visit the site now you will see the following graphic: It notes that additional information will be provided soon, and we'll update this post when that occurs....
In November, a terrified year-old girl pounded on an apartment door in Brooklyn. When a surprised woman answered, the girl pleaded for a phone. She called her mother, and then dialed The United States government has seized Backpage. A notice informing visitors of the seizure was posted on the site, and a Justice Department spokesperson confirmed the notice.
So here's a Friday evening surprise: If you visit the site now you will see the following graphic: It notes that additional information will be provided soon, and we'll update this post when that occurs. But first, there are a few important things to note.
I started advertising on Backpage in , when I had just been fired from my job after my employer found out I was an addict in recovery. Advertising on Backpage saved my life. I started in the sex industry under duress. But I have worked in the industry for ten years now by choice.
It was a daring raid carried out with military precision in a remote city of the Philippines — an operation that yielded surprise ammunition for a legal battle over the classified ad site Backpage, which has been accused of promoting sex trafficking. DALLAS AP — State agents raided the Dallas headquarters of adult classified ad portal Backpage and arrested Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer on Thursday following allegations that adult and child sex-trafficking victims had been forced into prostitution through escort ads posted on the site.
The war on trafficking is a war on symbols, but with real victims. Senators question Backpage executives. It insisted that it was a passive host of third-party content and had no control over its sex-related ads — many of which featured children. Hard though it had been for his old friend to close one chapter of his life, the decision about his next step had obviously been an easy one. Federal and state authorities Friday seized Backpage. From Facebook to Twitter and once again on Craigslist, a new study shows adult advertising permeates the Web A new report could defend the besieged Backpage.
I am a fat, disabled, queer sex worker. My dream is to have a porn empire, which is cute because the internet has decided it hates porn even though technology was basically innovated to get boners harder by making sex stuff easier to record and display. Welcome to the new economy of the oldest profession. Special report The CEO of the notorious online classified site Backpage, Carl Ferrer, has been arrested in Texas on allegations of sex trafficking, after a joint investigation by California and Texas.
Carl Ferrer, chief executive of advertising website Backpage. Sex workers are anti sex-trafficking. It seems obvious of course they have an interest in making the industry as safe as possible , and yet you might not know this because sex workers rights activists have not gotten any air-time from the major anti-trafficking organizations. The general counsel for Craig Ferrer, chief executive of small ads website Backpage, has said the charges against him made by the California and Texas attorneys general are "illegal".
He and two of the site's controlling shareholders are accused of pimping. Carl Ferrer was arrested following an investigation, which concluded that "many" of the site's adult escort adverts involved prostitutes and victims of sex trafficking. His lawyers argue that ads posted on the site are protected by free speech rules. You may have noticed lately that there's an increasing and increasingly coordinated effort to paint today's biggest and most successful companies as some kind of systemic social threat that needs to be reined in.
Reuters — California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Friday filed new criminal charges of pimping and money laundering against the chief executive and controlling shareholders of the website Backpage. The co-chairs of a House task force battling human trafficking called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions Thursday to investigate Backpage.
The bills use different approaches but would both target websites, such as Backpage, where sexual services are advertised. Never let it be said that Kamala Harris gives up after being told her totally bogus legal crusade is totally bogus. She's now filed brand new charges against the execs who run Backpage. Backpage on Pocket related topics: Congress to combat human trafficking The likes of Amazon, Facebook and Google are about to go to war with the U.
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