Robert Mueller Honored Convicted Human Trafficker With FBI Award
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The founder and chief executive officer of Backpage.com, which is a website which was linked to human trafficking, has now pleaded guilty to charges including conspiring to facilitate prostitution and money laundering.
57-year-old Carl Ferrer who is a resident of Frisco, Texas, will now face a maximum of five years in prison. Part of his plea agreement with federal and state authorities includes forfeiting all corporate assets related to the website and making sure it’s permanently shut down.
Although Backpage.com was a dominant marketplace for illicit commercial sex and a place where sex trafficking was frequently advertised both for adults and children Attorney General Jeff Sessions said: “The illegality stops here right now.” Session’s statement came after Ferrer pleaded guilty to state and federal charges of conspiracy, money laundering, and a few more things. This was part of a plea deal between Ferrer and the DOJ to testify in the ongoing case against the website whose owners are fighting the charges.
But here is where things get complicated. When Robert Mueller was FBI Director he actually awarded BackPage.com CEO Carl Ferrer recognition from the Justice Department and FBI for working in an investigative capacity to assist the FBI. And FBI sources are stating that the award which was given to Ferrer and Backpage.com by the FBI back in 2011 when Mueller was director may have even included financial compensation.
Here is more on this matter via True Pundit:
“But it is not the first time Ferrer has agreed to work as a rat for the FBI concerning BackPage.com’s operations. Mueller’s FBI award lists Ferrer as BackPage.com Vice President.
Issued in May 2011, Mueller’s FBI award to Ferrer reads:
“For your outstanding cooperation and assistance in connection with an investigation of great importance. The FBI’s ability to carry out its investigative responsibilities to the American people has been greatly enhanced through your help, and you can be very proud of your valuable contribution to the success achieved.”
Was Ferrer working as a confidential informant for the FBI? It is quite possible. If so, why did it take the FBI so long to close the web site, especially if it was in the business of harming and sexually exploiting children?
FBI officials reached late Thursday said it was possible Ferrer was recognized by the FBI for assisting with additional investigations depending on the working agreement between BackPage.com, Ferrer and the Bureau.
Did James Comey’s FBI work with BackPage.com too after Mueller?
Federal prosecutors say that Backpage brought in a half-billion dollars since it began in 2004, mostly through prominent risque advertising for escorts and massages, among other services and some goods for sale. Authorities allege the site was often used to traffic underage victims, while company officials said they tried to scrub the website of such ads.
Ferrer will serve no more than five years in prison under a California agreement in which he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of money laundering in California. Also Thursday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the company pleaded guilty to human trafficking.
Under his plea agreement, Ferrer agreed to make the company’s data available to law enforcement as investigations and prosecutions continue. The guilty pleas are the latest in a cascade of developments in the last week against the company founded by the former owners of the Village Voice in New York City, Michael Lacey, 69, and James Larkin, 68.
Ferrer could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine in the federal case in Arizona, while Backpage.com could face a maximum fine of $500,000 for its money laundering conspiracy plea in the Arizona case.”
Again President Trump and his administration are working hard to keep the promises he made during the campaign to the American people. It’s really great to see that for once the right has a president who is making us proud to be Americans as we see the rule of law once again being a part of or society.
Here is more on President Trump’s fight against sex trafficking via Reuters:
“U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at penalizing website operators that facilitate online sex trafficking and chipping away at a legal protection for the technology industry.
The law is intended to make it easier for state prosecutors and sex-trafficking victims to sue social media networks, advertisers and others that kept exploitative material on their platforms, although victims would be required to show websites knowingly facilitated sex trafficking.