As expected, this past Friday, a Sacramento County Superior Court Judge dismissed the pimping charges against Backpage heads CEO Carl Ferrer, and shareholders Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin.
As was also expected, the judge cited the Communications Decency Act of 1996. What else I can say that I haven’t said already? 20 years in internet years is more than a lifetime ago and was designed to protect web site owners from the possible illegal behavior of their users. When it was drafted I’m sure that no one had in mind that certain website owners would hide behind it while they collected money for the girls and women who were being prostituted on their website. The CDA is woefully outdated and is in desperate need of a revision so morally bankrupt miscreants like Ferrer and Co. don’t continue to profit by making millions of dollars off the victims of prostitution and human trafficking.
California Attorney General, Kamala Harris, plans to appeal, but until the CDA is updated I don’t see any further legal action ever succeeding. Maybe the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will have better luck against these scumbags, but I’m not holding my breath.