A website called Backpage allegedly took millions of dollars in advertising from people trying to lure children into prostitution. California Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement that the website was responsible for "trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable victims" -- a practice she called "outrageous, despicable and illegal." California worked with Texas, whose Attorney General Ken Paxton said of Backpage: "modern-day slavery is not acceptable in Texas."
In March 2016, the US Senate held Backpage in contempt for refusing to cooperate in a sex trafficking investigation. Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer, who was taken into custody this week on pimping charges by Texas authorities, ignored a subpoena issued by the Senate in October 2015, citing First Amendment protections. California AG Harris said Backpage executives "purposefully and unlawfully designed Backpage to be the world's top online brothel."Most INTERESTING FINDS on Amazon]