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The CEO of was arrested on sex trafficking charges


Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Thursday that Carl Ferrer, the CEO of -- a site that advertises escorts -- was arrested on human sex trafficking charges for running advertising on his site for escorts that were actually sex slaves. 

Ferrer, 55, was taken into custody after he arrived in Houston on his way back from Amsterdam. 

" seems to have knowingly and willingly allowed women and children to be exploited for its own financial gain," Paxton said in a statement.

Ferrer's arrest is making a huge difference to those trafficked. 

Some Twitter users wondered how Backpage ever thought it could get away with it.

Backpage is the largest advertiser of adult escort services in the United States. Documents show took in $50 million in ads between 2013 and 2015.

Major credit card companies cut ties to the website and Texas is in the process of shutting down the site. Customers paid by Bitcoin or by sending in checks.

A joint investigation by Texas and California authorities found evidence that adult and child sex trafficking victims were forced into prostitution through escort ads.

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