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-oldafter 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.
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