(Scroll down for video) The CEO of a popular classified ad website was arrested on a charge of pimping, according to police in Texas.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the arrest of Carl Ferrer, the CEO of Backpage.com, a notorious adult website that generates millions of dollars annually from its classified sex ads.
Ferrer, 55, was taken into custody on a California arrest warrant after he arrived in Houston on a flight from Amsterdam.
Ferrer was charged with pimping a minor, pimping and conspiracy to commit pimping.
A lengthy joint investigation by the offices of the Texas and California attorneys general uncovered evidence that adult and child sex trafficking victims were forced into prostitution through escort ads that appeared repeatedly on Backpage.
“Making money off the backs of innocent human beings by allowing them to be exploited for modern-day slavery is not acceptable in Texas,” Attorney General Paxton said.
“I intend to use every resource my office has to make sure those who profit from the exploitation and trafficking of persons are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” he added.
Nearly three dozen members of the Texas Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Unit participated in Ferrer’s arrest, and the execution of a search warrant on the Dallas headquarters of Backpage, which is considered the largest advertiser of adult escort services in the United States.