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Backpage.com CEO transferred to Calif. jail

This photo released by the Texas Office of the Attorney General shows Carl Ferrer.

AP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. The chief executive of an internet site authorities contend is a hub for the illegal sex trade has been transferred from Texas to a California jail where’s he’s being held without bail, CBS Dallas-Forth Worth reports.

Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer appeared before a Houston judge Friday morning, and he didn’t fight extradition to California.

Ferrer was booked into the Sacramento County jail late Friday night on felony charges that include pimping a minor.

The 55-year-old Ferrer was arrested Thursday after arriving in Houston on an overseas flight. The Dallas headquarters for Backpage was raided by authorities in conjunction with his arrest.

Authorities allege that adult and child sex-trafficking victims were forced into prostitution through escort ads posted on the site.

His attorney did not return a call for comment Saturday but previously said Herrer will fight the “trumped up” charges.

Backpage’s two controlling shareholders were being sought by authorities.