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DALLAS AP — State agents raided the Dallas headquarters of adult classified ad portal Backpage and arrested Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer on Thursday following allegations that adult and child sex-trafficking victims had been forced into prostitution through escort ads Tuscaloosa backpage bust on the site.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Ferrer was arrested on felony charges of pimping a minor, pimping, and conspiracy to commit pimping.

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Warrants have been issued for their arrests. The site advertises a wide range of services, but the California arrest warrant alleges that internal business records show that 99 percent its revenue came from its adult services section between January and March California officials said the site collects fees from users who use coded language and nearly nude photos to offer Tuscaloosa backpage bust for money.

The site operates in hundreds of cities worldwide, authorities said, including more than 30 in California.

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The department said the investigation was prompted in part by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which reported 2, instances to California authorities since when suspected child sex trafficking occurred via Backpage. State agents posted escort ads online and met with those who posted to confirm that the communications were to arrange for commercial sex.

Backpage has been the subject of recent Senate hearings into its classified ads, which often promote escort services. Last month, the Supreme Court refused to block a Senate subpoena seeking information on how Backpage screens ads for possible sex trafficking. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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