Michael Lacey and James Larkin, controlling shareholders of Back, have also been criminally charged with conspiracy to commit pimping, a felony. Thank you to the California Department of Justice Special Agents, investigators, attorneys, and our partners in law enforcement who have worked tirelessly to bring the operators of this online brothel to justice and protect thousands of victims of trafficking. SinceBack has been expanding operations, creating sites in hundreds of cities throughout the world, including over 30 cities in California.
Ferrer took data from Back users and created content for Back-affiliated sites like EvilEmpire.
The investigation found that Evilempire. Sincethe NCMEC has reported 2, instances to California law enforcement where suspected child sex trafficking occurred via Back.
Department of Homeland Security, and the U. Department of Justice. Anyone who was a victim of trafficking via Back is encouraged to file a report with the California Department of Justice by ing back doj.
Attorney General Harris has made fighting human trafficking a priority for the California Department of Justiceand has advocated for increased collaboration among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies during the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking crimes. The Office of the Attorney General is actively investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases across California.
Most recently, the office secured a felony conviction against Andrew Jordan, 37, of Long Beach, on charges of human trafficking, pimping, pandering, domestic violence, and assault.
Jordan forced women to commit commercial sex acts and kept the proceeds, severely punishing the victims if they violated his strict rules. Last year, the Office of the Attorney General released a resource guide to help companies comply with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. InAttorney General Harris created a Human Trafficking Work Group and released a report, The State of Human Trafficking in Californiawhich discussed the growth of human trafficking crimes statewide and the challenges with combatting them effectively.
Please note that an arrest warrant contains only allegations against a person and, as with all defendants, Carl Ferrer, Michael Lacey, and James Larkin must be pd innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Copies of the arrest warrant and complaint are attached to the online version of this news release at www. Search Search.
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