This story is stomach-churning. Backpage.com has been on the FBI’s radar for some time with the owner in and out of court while the Justice system worked to take the site for good. The page has been tied to everything from prostitution to child sex trafficking.
Now to learn that some big named Democrats allegedly took money from the site’s owners? If this is true, criminal charges need to be brought against anyone who knowingly took money from them.
According to The Daily Wire, the owners of the website have given tens of thousands of dollars to Democrats in recent years, including a Super PAC backed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the failed presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, Democratic candidate for governor in Arizona David Garcia, and the Arizona Democratic Party.
Ayshia Connors, the Director of Communications and External Affairs for the Arizona GOP, called on the Arizona Democratic Party and Arizona Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema to return the money they received from the owners of the website.
As Reported By Matt Richardson with Fox News:
Backpage.com, the website known for its sex and prostitution-related classified advertisements, was shut down and seized by the FBI on Friday, according to reports and a large notice displayed on the site’s homepage.
“Backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division,” the notice on the site read.
News of the site’s seizure follow reports that the Arizona home of the site’s founder, Michael Lacey, was raided on Friday morning. “Law enforcement activity is occurring,” the Phoenix FBI told the New York Daily News.
Carl Ferrer, the Backpage CEO, was arrested in Texas in 2016, according to the Wall Street Journal. He was then charged in California on a series of counts, including pimping minors. Ferrer and other Backpage executives haven’t been convicted of criminal wrongdoing.