The former owners of the LA Weekly have been charged with conspiracy to commit pimping.
Michael Lacey and James Larkin sold off their alternative newspapers four years ago, but they kept the lucrative classified website Back. State Attorney General Kamala Harris says the site brings in millions of dollars from the trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable victims.
According to Back's IRS filings, the company makes percent of its income from its adult listings for escorts. Ferrer faces a more serious count of conspiracy to pimp a minor.
Lacey and Larkin aren't yet in custody. They live in Arizona, where many years ago they started the alternative weekly New Times in Phoenix.
Back has long argued that they remove listings by minors on their adult s and report the incidents to authorities. Kamala Harris claims the site is purposefully deed by its executives to be the world's top online brothel. Back has created sites in cities around the world, including over 30 in California.
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