The indictment was unsealed after the seven people charged in the indictment — including founders Michael Lacey and James Larking — appeared in court. On Friday, visitors to the website were greeted with an announcement that Back.
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Phoenix new times, nanomubiop.eu founder indicted in federal case
Today is our anniversary National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has said that nearly three-quarters of the reports it receives about child sex-trafficking start with on Back. Officials with the site have publicly claimed to be fighting sex trafficking, but internal documents make it clear the opposite is true, according to the indictment.
It also quotes co-founder Lacey bragging in an internal document of the site's contributions to the prostitution industry. While many in the sex worker industry have made that argument, the indictment paints a picture of a much darker side.
The indictment quotes an written to Back from a woman "stating that her underage daughter had been kidnapped, drugged, and Cheap local hookers being advertised as a prostitute against her will.
She asked that the ad be taken down adding: "This is a drugged and held against her will child who had photos taken under threat and duress. A worker asked the site's operations manager what to do and backpage told there was no need to take com down. Like us on Facebook. Also, download the free Patch iPhone app or free Patch Android app. Com Indictment Details Sex Trafficking, Money Laundering "Virtually every Phx flowing into Back's coffers Christmas abbott crossfit games the proceeds of illegal activity," the indictment states.
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That same day, federal agents raided Lacey's home in Sedona. Graphic via Department of Justice.
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