Carl Ferrer arrested as he lands in Texas.

NEW YORK — The CEO of Backpage, an online business known to encourage and publish child sex trafficking, was arrested Thursday in Texas. Carl Ferrer, 55, was arrested in Houston after landing on a flight from Amsterdam, the attorney general of Texas announced. Ferrer was arrested on a warrant.

Texas authorities arrested Carl Ferrer, the CEO of, today as part of a joint sex trafficking investigation with the California District Attorney’s office.

Ferrer, who is based in Dallas, is facing pimping and related charges in California. The joint investigation says it has uncovered evidence that adult and child sex trafficking victims were forced into prostitution through escort ads that appeared repeatedly on

Senators furious when Ferrer blew them off.


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Carl Ferrer arrested in Texas on arrival from Amsterdam

Carl Ferrer found in contempt for not showing up to senate hearing on child kidnapping and exploitation


Unable to recognize the seriousness of his criminal business of child exploitation, Ferrer brazenly hired a law firm file an appeal on his behalf.

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The site’s controlling shareholders, Michael Lacey, 68, and James Larkin, 67, have been charged with conspiracy to commit pimping, Lacey and Larkin are former owners of the Village Voice and the Phoenix New Times.

Backpage’s site is similar to Craigslist in that it’s an online classifieds site, but with a racy adult services section with categories like “Escorts” and “Body Rubs.” These are technically legal categories, but many in law enforcement say these ads are thinly veiled code for prostitution.

While it is free for someone to post adult services ads, Backpage makes money by offering paid add-ons, including the ability to re-post the ad every hour and to post it in multiple neighboring cities.

The site is also being investigated by the U.S. Senate for its alleged connection to underage sex trafficking.


In March, the Senate voted to hold Ferrer in contempt of Congress after he failed to appear at a hearing about online sex trafficking conducted by the Senate Subcommittee for Permanent Investigations. Backpage has also refused to respond to the Senate Subcommittee’s subpoenas for internal company documents relating to how it moderates its adult services ads, and exactly how much money they’re making off of them.

Under court order, has until Monday to hand over documents to the Senate subcommittee.

“Nightline” has done extensive reporting on, including a report in May 2016 about a young woman who was sold for sex allegedly through the website and estimated she was paid for sex over 100 times. The young woman, who is part of a major lawsuit against, believes the site made it possible for her pimp to post ads offering her for sex over and over again.





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