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'They were prostitution ads': Former CEO of Backpage.com doesn't hold back in testimony


A key witness in the government’s second trial targeting Backpage.com didn’t hold back when he told jurors that a co-owner and operators of the now-defunct site knew they were promoting the sex trade.


“They were prostitution ads,” former CEO Carl Ferrer said during the first day of testimony Tuesday, according to Courthouse News.


Asked whom the ads were targeting, Ferrer, who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, also said: “Johns.”


After a high-profile mistrial in 2021, Michael Lacey, a co-founder of the notorious classified website, and four former employees find themselves in federal prosecutors’ crosshairs once again this month. They face almost 100 felony charges, including facilitating prostitution, money laundering and conspiracy.