Backpage.com sanctioned by Pierce County judge in lawsuit, after CEO’s guilty plea
A Pierce County judge has sanctioned Backpage.com as part of an ongoing lawsuit brought by two teenagers who allege they were sold for sex on the website.
The girls contended that a plea agreement former Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer entered into in April — in a separate criminal case — contradicted what the defendants in the lawsuit had been saying.
Ferrer admitted he and other executives and owners of Backpage.com knew most of the website’s escort ads were for prostitution. And they edited out overt references to prostitution to make the ads less obvious and give the company deniability, he said.