Adult dating pimp
A federal appeals court upheld the ruling ordering Dart to stop publicly pressing the issue. Last year, California’s Attorney General filed pimping-relating charges against Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer, and founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin.A state court judge threw out the case, echoing the site’s longtime position: that Backpage was protected when publishing speech posted by other people.
Despite intense police and government scrutiny of the website — which last month led Backpage’s operators to shutter its notorious “adult” section while complaining about government censorship — the reality is that not much has changed.The world’s oldest profession continues to openly ply its trade in South Florida and elsewhere.And while the site’s founders face criminal charges in California, there’s also a debate emerging in the law enforcement community over whether the legal crackdown is the smart way to root out the site’s worst users.Some investigators and advocacy groups concerned about human sexual trafficking suggest working with the website would be a better way to target abusive ringleaders and protect underage girls and immigrants tricked or forced into prostitution.A scan of Miami’s site quickly uncovers dozens of women and men like Abigail, who have simply hung their sex business shingle in new places on the site.
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“It’s a symbolic crusade,” said Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, an author and criminology professor at George Mason University who serves an expert witness in human-trafficking cases.