The terms of the agreement also require Ferrer to assist U.S. authorities to shut the operation down, as well as forfeit to the government corporate assets and other property owned or controlled by Backpage-linked entities.
Almost a week ago, the classified advertising website Backpage.com was seized by the Department of Justice on accounts of facilitating prostitution and money laundering from its forum.
The chief executive order, Carl Ferrer, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy and three counts of money laundering in California, and to money laundering in Texas, " the states' attorneys-general declared.
"I have always been aware that the great majority of these advertisements are, in fact, advertisements for prostitution services (which are not protected by the First Amendment and which are illegal in 49 states and in much of Nevada)".
A co-founder of Backpage.com pleaded guilty in federal court in Arizona on Thursday to charges of facilitating prostitution and money laundering, the U.S. Justice Department said.
In 2015, the state filed charges against the company for pimping and money laundering, but the case was thrown out the following year.
As part of the federal plea deal, Ferrer admitted that he had "long been aware that the great majority of Backpage's "escort" and "adult" advertisements are, in fact, advertisements for prostitution services, which are not protected by the First Amendment and which are illegal in 49 states and in much of Nevada", the Justice Department said in a statement. "But this illegality stops right now".
"Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and it is happening in our own backyard", California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement announcing the plea deal.
"This is such an important step forward for the many people who've been combating human trafficking".
Five employees of the site also were arrested and pleaded not guilty, but Lacey and Larkin are the only ones in jail.
President Donald Trump this week signed a law making it easier to prosecute website operators in the future.
Calling it the "largest online sex trafficking marketplace in the world", Paxton said Backpage facilitated the sex trafficking of innocent women and children at 943 locations in 97 countries and 17 languages.
Texas state agents raided the Dallas headquarters of Backpage and arrested Ferrer on a California warrant after he arrived at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport on a flight from Amsterdam on October 6, 2016.
A fire that possibly killed three dogs and gutted a house in East Hampton has been ruled accidental, a fire official said Friday. While the fire isn't completely contained he says they will do their best to make sure no one's livelihood goes up in smoke.
Three years later, he was cleared to practice law again after the District of Columbia Court of Appeals reinstated him to the D.C. President Trump just tweeted about the Justice Department inspector general's report on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
According to a source close to the club, Knicks management believes Wright would be a ideal candidate for a rebuilding club. He played for the Knicks for two seasons (1994-95 and 1995-96) and is well-respected by members of the Knicks organization.
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President Trump "does respect Colorado's right to decide for themselves how to best approach this issue", Mr. I am cautiously optimistic that the president appears to have heard the will of the people on this issue.
The day before the murders, he picked up his son from her, saying he planned to take the child to NY to see his mother. "She's in NY and he told me he was on his way and after bringing the baby to her and then he was coming back".
Analysts say the decision could have an impact on parliamentary elections scheduled for later this year. Women Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) activists are staging a demonstration before the court.
The ratio improved due to NFLX positioning: 53 sold and 244 reduced. 281 increased holdings while 107 funds bought holdings. The firm has "Buy" rating by Cantor Fitzgerald given on Friday, August 28. (NASDAQ:NFLX) earned "Hold" rating by SunTrust.
The woman accusing Broidy has refused to show proof of pregnancy, according to the source, who has reviewed the contract. Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford , is now suing Trump and Cohen to have the agreement tossed out.
The agendas from Kentucky arrived amid educator protests at Oklahoma and Arizona more than instruction funding and educator cover. To generate more revenue for schools, Kentuckians will pay a 6% sales tax increase for services like home and auto.
Will Ferrell injured after 2-car crash in California
Thursday on northbound Interstate 5, north of La Paz Road in Mission Viejo, according to the California Highway Patrol . Comedian and actor Billy Eichner , who moreover appeared on the event, tweeted on Friday: "I wasn't inside the auto ".
After a Gorgeous Friday, Rain Is On The Way For The Weekend!
Variable clouds could yield a shower or storm at any time, but the greatest odds for tumultuous weather are actually Sunday night. Watch for ponding on the roadways and if you come across a road covered in water, turn around and take an alternate route.
How major United States stock indexes fared Monday
Energy stocks gained as oil broke above $70 a barrel on easing trade war fears between the world's two largest economies. But the risk-off sentiment weighed on Treasury yields US10YT=RR, pushing financial stocks.SPSY down 1.3 percent.
Study raises concerns about long-term impacts of alcohol
At O'Hara's Restaurant and Pub, a watering hole in lower Manhattan, one patron shrugged off the study and its recommendation. Another patron, Jaussi Ruotsalainen, a tourist from Finland, said he rarely drinks because he has two young kids at home.
Encryption dispute leads Russia to ban Telegram app
The Virgin Islands-registered company has over 9.5 million users in Russian Federation , according to researcher Mediascope. Durov was famously forced out of his own VKontakte social network as the Russian government cracked down on the firm.
Despite the war of words between the two, they seemed cordial when they met in the paddock ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix . When asked if he would talk to Hamilton ahead of Sunday's race in Shanghai , Verstappen left the possibility open.
Hundreds injured in clashes at Gaza fence
This week's unarmed protest , called "Flag Day", has seen demonstrators burn Israeli flags and wave Palestinian ones. At a protest camp there, a large Israeli flag was placed on the ground for demonstrators to walk on.
New Zealand pulls the plug on offshore oil
This week, she said the country will no longer grant new offshore oil and gas exploration permits, Reuters reported . While there are permits around New Zealand, the bulk of the industry is in Taranaki.
Dallas Cowboys release WR Dez Bryant
Bryant will be treated as an immediate release , saving the club $8.5 million in salary cap space for the coming season. The Ravens have shown they're not finished adding receivers, meeting with Eric Decker and reaching out to Allen Hurns .