Permanent Subcommittee Senate Hearings On Investigations – Findings On Backpage

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After an 18-month long bipartisan investigation, which cost United States taxpayers millions upon millions of dollars, The Senate Subcommittee on Investigations released the following stunning report.

You can watch the live senate hearing with testimony here:

https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/investigations/hearings/human-trafficking-investigation

For more than twenty months, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations investigated the problem of online child sex trafficking.

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The investigation led the Subcommittee to focus on Backpage.com, the leading online marketplace for commercial sex.  Operating in 97 countries and 943 locations worldwide—and last valued at more than a half-billion dollars—Backpage is the world’s second-largest classified advertising website.

 

Backpage is involved in 73% of all child trafficking reports that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) receives from the general public (excluding reports by Backpage itself).  

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The National Association of Attorneys General has aptly described Backpage as a “hub” of “human trafficking, especially the trafficking of minors.”

 

This report contains three principal findings.  First, Backpage has knowingly concealed evidence of criminality by systematically editing its “adult” ads.  As early as 2006, Backpage executives began instructing staff responsible for screening ads (known as “moderators”) to edit the text of adult ads to conceal the true nature of the underlying transaction.

https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=5D0C71AE-A090-4F30-A5F5-7CFFC08AFD48

Witness and victim testimony found here: 

http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/search/?q=backpage&search-button=Search&access=p&as_dt=i&as_epq=&as_eq=&as_lq=&as_occt=any&as_oq=&as_q=&as_sitesearch=&client=hsgac&sntsp=0&filter=0&getfields=&lr=&num=15&numgm=3&oe=UTF8&output=xml_no_dtd&partialfields=&proxycustom=&proxyreload=0&proxystylesheet=default_frontend&requiredfields=&sitesearch=&sort=date%3AD%3AS%3Ad1&start=0&ud=1

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Watch hearing live here:

https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/investigations/hearings/human-trafficking-investigation

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Rep. Joe Kennedy III

 

“We’re being told that there’s a widespread, growing and out-of-control problem to fear in our country. And it has a catchy name: ‘trafficking,’” wrote Tony Ortega, editor-in-chief of The Village Voice, in an editorial last year. “The actual data behind this ‘epidemic’ is wanting in the extreme. It involves guesses by activist professors, junk science by nonprofit groups trying to extract money from Congress, and manipulation by religious groups hiding their real agendas about sex work.” Tony Ortega July 06, 2011

“Backpage exists solely so that people can freely express themselves—sometimes in ways that make other people uncomfortable. We’re First Amendment extremists that way. Always have been.”  Tony Ortega July 06 2011

“I helped turn a weekly newspaper with a Web site into a digital enterprise.” Tony Ortega Former editor in chief of the Village Voice brags to Media Decoder @ N.Y. Times Sept 14 2012

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Why hasn’t Mike Lacey Been Charged With Witness Tampering Via Hush $ Payouts?

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After his arrest for pimping, Lacey went on the Lam and began sending out hush money checks to former staff that could receive subpoenas . During the investigation of Village Voice / Backpage.com child sex trafficking debacle.

How many former staff took the pay offs to lay low and keep quiet?

In addition to the above I have confirmed that Steven Lemons took the same 5K payola.

If you received a check or have knowledge of those who received cash for silence please contact me theoracle@ymail.com

http://www.citypages.com/news/mike-lacey-backpagecom-and-the-mystery-of-the-5000-checks/396646721

https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2016/10/why-did-backpage-coms-mike-lacey-give-5k-checks-to-his-old-employees/

http://www.chron.com/local/gray-matters/article/Lacey-9954156.php

http://blog.truewestmagazine.com/2016/10/why-did-mike-lacey-give-me-5000.html

 

http://www.iamjanedoefilm.com

Complete Findings On Senate Investigation Into Backpage.com

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Below is the senate findings, statistics, and other relevant data discovered on Backpage.com human trafficking .

It has cost the taxpayers of America millions of dollars to investigate and discover the criminality behind the Village Voice giveaway paper.  Prior to it’s separation from backpage.com late 2012.

https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=fd56bb15-565e-4af4-9f4f-736d083917c5

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Stephen Lemons Throws Pity Party For “Hero” Mike Lacey Of Backpage.Com

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Above is mug shot for Mike Lacey arrested on pimping charges.  He was the owner / investor of the Village Voice along with James Larkin, as well, the owner of Phoenix New Times.

Like the Village Voice, Phoenix New Times became a “giveaway” mag.  A flyer actually.  The “paper” was the front for the online advertising of Backpage.com.

In 2010 the paper was already a pimp’s rag.  Oct 19, 2010 –  “They say pimpin’ aint easy. Sometimes it’s so hard that a pimp is forced to take drastic measures to keep his pimp hand strong.”  

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/alleged-phoenix-pimp-keeps-pimp-hand-strong-by-throwing-cheeseburger-at-prostitute-6667509

As far back as 2011 protesters stood in front of Phoenix New Times as it was the other front for Backpage.com prostitution / child sex trafficking Internet site.

The executives and staff that worked at the Village Voice and Phoenix New Times Gaslighted anyone stepping forward concerned about the children being trafficked on Backpage.com, as “religious zealots” , religious nuts”, politically motivated or greedy for funding from congress.  In other words, they were all crazy, hallucinatory, or filthy with ulterior motives.

Of course, anyone exploiting women and children through sex trafficking most likely would not be aware that others could sincerely care about these children.

Lacey was finally arrested along with James Larkin and the pity plea, was “Freedom of Speech”.

“The actions of the California and Texas Attorneys General are flatly illegal”, Liz McDougall, general counsel for Backpage, said in a statement to CNNMoney Friday evening. “They ignore the holdings of numerous federal courts that the First Amendment protects the ads on Backpage.com.”

http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/06/news/backpage-ceo-carl-ferrer-arrest/index.html

Hmmm, that would not be Lacey’s “freedom of speech”.  It is the freedom of speech of the people placing the ads sex trafficking.   None of them are complaining are they?

According to a criminal complaint filed in California, Backpage accepted at least $2 million a month between October 2014 and May 2015 in payments from people posting adult ads in California, including payments for postings that featured minors.

According to a criminal complaint filed in California, Backpage accepted at least $2 million a month between October 2014 and May 2015 in payments from people posting adult ads in California, including payments for postings that featured minors.  There was solid evidence  Backpage.com staff were actively engaged in aiding and amplifying sex trafficking of  women and children .

https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=fd56bb15-565e-4af4-9f4f-736d083917c5

Lacey founded the Phoenix New Times in 1970 — and a dozen weeklies in cities across the country.  Lord knows he had decades between that, the Village Voice, and other media investments, to run his mouth until his tongue dropped out, and to speak freely as often he cared.

But in the new conditions, with the Internet up, and newspapers folding, he , and his staff, relied on pimping dollars paid for advertising in the classifieds sections of the papers, for selling women and children.  The papers became “giveaways” (free flyers) And this became a platform for “freedom of speech”.   Pimping, investing in selling children and women, became “freedom of speech”.

Backpage.com was called “the world’s top online brothel” by California Attorney General Kamala Harris in October when she filed the charges against the company’s chief executive officer, Carl Ferrer.   “Backpage and its executives purposefully and unlawfully designed Backpage to be the world’s top online brothel.”

In court however, Lacey pleaded the fifth.  He did not care for any “freedom of speech”.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/01/10/backpage-founders-take-5th-senate-hearings/96397856/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/01/10/backpage-executives-refuse-answer-senate-panel-probing-sex-trafficking/96390352/

 

It didn’t end there.  Lacey was busted sending “hush money”  checks to former staff that could actually receive a subpoena, bribing politicians,  and tampering with court proceedings. He was also held in contempt of court for refusing to comply with the investigation.

http://www.citypages.com/news/mike-lacey-backpagecom-and-the-mystery-of-the-5000-checks/396646721

http://www.chron.com/local/gray-matters/article/Lacey-9954156.php

https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2016/10/why-did-backpage-coms-mike-lacey-give-5k-checks-to-his-old-employees/

http://blog.truewestmagazine.com/2016/10/why-did-mike-lacey-give-me-5000.html

http://money.cnn.com/2016/03/17/technology/backpage-contempt/?iid=EL

http://www.adweek.com/digital/new-times-mike-lacey-and-jim-larkin-arrested/

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/04/14/allegations-increase-against-backpage-founders-have-become-big-political-donors-arizona/100421528/

Stephen Lemons was one of the people that took 5000.00 of payola from Lacey while Lacey was on the lam.

All said, Lacey and his partners played corporate shill games as well.  Having the business placed under Carl Ferrer in Amsterdam.

 

 

After managing to escape justice through all manner of shady dealings including claiming to be a victim of having his first amendment rights violated, Lacey skipped out free to continue until he was further busted by senate findings.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/US/emotional-senate-hearing-finds-backpage-complicit-underage-sex/story?id=44762342

 

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/04/15/emails-reveal-how-backpage-edited-sex-ads-will-it-be-its-undoing/100436762/

 

http://www.newsweek.com/backpage-adult-section-shut-down-540774

After getting busted by discovery of emails proving Backpage.com staff were editing ads for prostitution, (actually pimping),  Mike Lacey closed Backpage right before a senate hearing to avoid the press of it all.

But Lacey pleaded “victim” that fell under “relentless pressure” from a government that trampled on his “first amendment” rights to invest in pimping and sex trafficking.

The most recent scandal involved Lacey and his partner Larkin giving ten of thousands of dollars in donation to local political figures in Arizona. Using their own spouses as shills.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2017/04/20/gop-pressures-kyrsten-sinema-on-backpage-donations/100683704/

 

Last week Lacey’s paper (Lacey is “former owner” at this time, that corporate shilling I have not looked into yet) Phoenix New Times ran a front page invitation to his pity party, gaslighting anyone that might have paid attention to his most recent criminality.  The writer was Stephen Lemons.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/backpages-ex-owners-michael-lacey-and-jim-larkin-smeared-by-cronkite-school-arizona-republic-article-9258296

I do wonder how many hours Lacey spent viewing photos from the photo shoot, trying to decide which one would make him look victimized or human. At any rate, they chose this one.

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And Stephen describes him as victim in the fight for “freedom of speech”.  A freedom fighter!  Backpage was making two million a month from sex trafficking near the end. Poor Mike.

Oddly, the same day this was published Stephen Lemons announced he is taking a new job in Alabama after thirteen years at the Phoenix New Times, hero worshiping Lacey and Larkin in his farewell, and lamenting he was not able to extort sex, for publishing stories.

Perhaps with Backpage.com shut down, proceeds from sex trafficking have caused some lay offs.

Good thing I grabbed a snapshot, after some taunting on Twitter about him publishing a story for Lacey pity the day same he leaves, (Severance pay? Bonus? )  he removed it.

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In the event this has all become a very complex issue for you to wrap your head around, rest assured it was the intention of Lacey, Larkin, their legal representatives and staff, to make it seem too complicated to understand this simple criminality.

Stephen Lemons treks to Las Vegas to explore the “Mob Museum”.

 

 

Not everyone in Phoenix is sad to see him go.

https://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/a-vile-goodbye-from-a-sour-stephen-lemons/

A few days later, Phoenix New Times showcases a successful pimp in his 70’s. “Not unusual”.  And now that Lacey is not the “proper” owner, and backpage.com has shut down, sex trafficking is even addressed.  Boasting of the rising demand for buying children for sex.

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http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/sex-trafficking-crimes-on-rise-case-of-mesas-accused-75-year-old-pimp-not-unusual-9263329

Causes me wonder how much Lacey would protect “Freedom of Speech” ads if folks could go online and hire a hit man with out much ado?

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Village Voice – Backpage Front: “Pimping Is Freedom Of Speech.” Until it Isn’t.

Businessmen, newspaper editors, and foreign investors take to the pimping trail as entrepreneurs with Village Voice’s Backpage Classifieds – pleading the First, “Freedom of Speech” until they arrive in court. Then, they plead the Fifth and fold.

I have been confounded at people’s lack of education as to how newspapers work, who causes what within those systems, and how the profit is made and at whose expense.

There was a time when newspaper reporting was an honorable profession.  People wrote and published valuable information to inform and educate. So people didn’t ask.

We are now in a time where people have to be educated about this arena otherwise,  they just become the effect of illusion, ill will and exploitation.

“We made a decision some time ago that the only way we’d continue to stay in this game was to focus not on the same old political essay writing but on original reporting, surprising our readers by not being predictable, and by doing our best to piss off everyone — right, left, and center.”    Tony Ortega Editor in Chief (Person in Charge) of the Village Voice WEDNESDAY, JULY 28 2010    http://www.villagevoice.com/content/printView/6672283

 

“Year after year, Backpage continued to come under fire. Attorneys general from 48 states wrote a letter asking Village Voice Media to take down Backpage’s adult ads, citing “the company’s facilitation of the sexual exploitation of children.” The letter continued, “We have tracked more than 50 instances, in 22 states over three years, of charges filed against those trafficking or attempting to traffic minors on Backpage. These cases often involve runaways ensnared by adults seeking to make money by sexually exploiting them. In some cases, minors are pictured in advertisements.”

The Daily Beast

Tony Ortega launched Backpage from the Village Voice Newpaper in N.Y.C.  – The paper itself was free.  Backpage was the Village Voice classifieds section that took to the Internet.  The purpose of the paper, was to profit from the sex classifieds.  Advertising dollars paid to advertise sex for sale.  Statistics on child sex trafficking skyrocketed with Backpage, over 800%.  See Portman’s testimony below.

“Backpage exists solely so that people can freely express themselves—sometimes in ways that make other people uncomfortable. We’re First Amendment extremists that way. Always have been. ”  Tony Ortega WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011  

Village Voice retaliates on critic Amber Lyon

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/cnns-amber-lyon-ambushed-craigslist-but-she-wont-talk-to-the-village-voice-6431659

Village Voice also retaliated on Ashton Kutcher  (Among others) for sponsoring a campaign against sex trafficking. “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls”. 

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With a cover meant to penalize him for speaking out.

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” He is a technically literate, if ill-informed, advocate. Kutcher made his bones playing the prankster, dummy, and stoner”.  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011 http://www.villagevoice.com/news/real-men-get-their-facts-straight-6431644

 

It’s the old hippie ideal of endlessly pushing a lefty agenda to keep up your “movement” cred. Hey, good luck with that. But I live in a cutthroat town, and I have salaries to pay. WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010 Tony Ortega

Investor Pleads the fifth

Investor’s Attorney Pleads the fifth

Investor Pleads the fifth

Backpage  Pimping And Sex Trafficking Was Eventually Shut Down As A Criminal Enterprise.

 

 

“For a Web site like Backpage to make $22 million off our backs,” she said, “it’s like going back to slave times.”  Alissa -The interesting part of Kristof’s story is that the former prostitute he interviewed for his column feared retaliation not from her former pimps, but from the Village Voice.  

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/opinion/sunday/kristof-where-pimps-peddle-their-goods.html?smid=tw-share

The Village Voice did retaliate on  for his expose. 

“The First Amendment was shouted down in the name of children.”

“From its earliest days, the Village Voice has run adult classifieds. Today, those classifieds are hosted online at Backpage.com.”  Tony Ortega June 29, 2011

See Editor’s note above as well as describing concern for child sex trafficking as “absurdist theater” .

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/real-men-get-their-facts-straight-6431644

Well Hallelujah! Former Employee of Village Voice Comes Clean.

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“You’d have to be pretty willfully ignorant not to realize that part of the revenues that went into your check on a weekly basis were derived, at least in part, from marketing for prostitution.”

Which included child sex trafficking.

Marketing for prostitution means pimping.

http://citypages.com/news/mike-lacey-backpagecom-and-the-mystery-of-the-5000-checks/396646721

You would have to be very willfully ignorant not to be able to figure this out for yourself, just by understanding the structure of Village Voice – Backpage.

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Are some people around here being willfully ignorant?  You betcha!  Another word for being “willfully ignorant” would simply be, “apologist“.

a·pol·o·gist –  a person who offers an argument in defense of something controversial.
Synonyms: defender, supporter, upholder, advocate, proponent, exponent, propagandist, champion, campaigner.
Are there child sex trafficking apologists out there?  You betcha!  They are defenders and supporters of child sex slavery /  trafficking.
I am  not one of them. Profiting off of the misery of homeless children, that is as unholy as it gets.

Tony Ortega Attacked Teen Rape Victims For Coming Forward With Testimony. Ortega Says They Were “Propelled to fame” By Their Rapist. Victim Shames.

 

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From the left, Aaron Smith – Levin, Tony Ortega, Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright, Mike Rinder and Paul Haggis.

 

Propelled to fame by your abuser?  This is how Ortega regards people that give interviews in documentaries.

With the film release, “I am Jane Doe”, we can  take pride in the strides we have made as a civilization, that female sexual abuse and child trafficking survivors and witness’ can come forward to give their story with out the fear of retaliation.

Two teens, 16 and 17 years old,  were kidnapped and held at gunpoint for twelve hours by Ray Ratliff on 1 August 2002.  Both teens had been raped by Ratliff, and it is likely he was looking for a place to bury their bodies in the desert north of Los Angeles when he was foiled by police.

The abductor , Roy Ratliff, 37, of Rosemont, California, was already wanted in Las Vegas for the rape of his 19-year-old stepdaughter.

Ratliff was gunned down by Kern County sheriffs while attempting to elude capture and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The rape suspect who abducted the two teenage California girls at gunpoint, bound them with duct tape, held them hostage for 12 hours and sexually assaulted them was shot dead by police. The victims, ages 16 and 17, were rescued after police shot the kidnapper twice in the head in the desert near Bakersfield. “He was hunting for a place to kill them and bury them,” said Kern County Sheriff Carl Sparks. “We probably saved them by 10 minutes.

 

Shortly afterwards, the teens agreed to come forward (identities protected) to be interviewed by NBC.

Directly afterwards, Tony Ortega, created a phony name and published the below article to ridicule and taunt the victims, but also to out their true identities to cause them further suffering and humiliation.

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In August 2002, New Times Los Angeles published this story written by an unknown writer named “Antoine Oman” that had Hollywood buzzing—“Survive This! The two girls kidnapped and raped in the Antelope Valley are set to go to Hollywood.” 

The above “Antoine Oman” was no less than Tony Ortega, taunting and shaming two girls who agreed to be filmed about abuse they endured in a kidnapping and rape documentary.

After some digging by The Hollywood Reporter, the article was exposed as a fraud written by then-staffer Tony Ortega. Contacted by a reporter, Ortega’s comment was:

”I hope it gets people to think about the nature of television and the business that it does.”  Tony Ortega

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So apparently, Ortega molested the teens for a noble cause. To enlighten humanity about the dark nature of the television business.

I’m thinking Ortega has gone to the dark side?

 

“There will always be pranksters, and at times their choice of topic will be especially repugnant. Humor is far more difficult to accept as such when it lampoons those who have been victimized by all too real events. In the case of the abduction of Tamara Brooks and Jackie Marris, that victimization was of the most base sort.”

Barbara  Mikkelson  Snopes

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/survivor.asp

 

The Daily Cannibal,

http://thedailycannibal.com/2010/11/17/tony-ortega-the-third-lies-the-charm/

A media watchdog website, wrote:

“Tony Ortega takes two teenagers, already brutally raped by thugs, and editorially sodomizes them by appropriating their identities, putting lies in their mouths, and pimping them as shameless opportunists…”