Ferrer, the CEO of the classified ad website long criticized for its enabling of underage prostitution, was charged in California with multiple felony counts of conspiracy to commit pimping and pimping minors. Local efforts have seen varying success at fencing in Back.
In southwestern Minnesota, an operation involving the website led to 48 arrests around New Ulm and Mankato. While many authorities see the charges against Ferrer as a huge victory, at least one expert sex crimes investigator fears it could hamper the relationship law enforcement has with Back. Grant Snyder, who has investigated dozens of cases involving the website.
This week, the U. The alleged traffickers used Back. Back has faced accusations in various jurisdictions of engaging in sex trafficking, including trafficking of children, and hundreds of trafficking cases across the country have been linked to the site. This is the first time that criminal charges have been brought against the company or its executives, U. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
We need to keep working together to bring perpetrators to justice and to get victims the support they deserve. The act also assists victims in rebuilding their lives by using fines and penalties against perpetrators to improve the availability of victim services. She also helped develop a recent law that requires training for certain airline industry employees to recognize and report suspected human trafficking to law enforcement.
Authorities found numerous instances in which the company received fees from for escorts under age Ferrer was taken in custody in Houston after arriving on a flight from Amsterdam. Back has long been under fire. InVillage Voice Media, then-owner of City s, cut ties with the website over the controversy.
The Star Tribune now owns the local alternative weekly. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who is president-elect of the National District Attorneys Association, said the group discussed Back at its meetings and heard rumors about charges against Ferrer.
Freeman now wonders whether prosecutors could go after the corporation behind the website and its vast financial resources. But the biggest hurdle is express provisions in federal law that give third-party publishers immunity from civil and criminal action at the state level, Choi said.
But they continue and persist because they believe the law is on their side. Without fail, they all mentioned the website, she said.
With the Super Bowl coming to Minneapolis inthe timing for the possible demise of the website is welcome news to Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. Back is the premiere proprietor of underage sex trafficking and the place that law enforcement knows where people go for this kind of activity, he said. About Amy Toggle Submenu.
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