Indictment accuses Backpage founders of aiding prostitution

Backpage.com founders James Larkin, left, and also also also Michael Lacey, right, attend a hearing on Aug. 23, 2017 in Sacramento.

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Backpage.com founders James Larkin, left, and also also also Michael Lacey, right, attend a hearing on Aug. 23, 2017 in Sacramento.

The founders of Backpage.com and also also also several others at the classified site have been indicted on federal charges in what authorities say was a scheme to facilitate prostitution by running ads for sexual services and also also also hiding their revenues.

An indictment unsealed Monday alleges that will Backpage.com on some occasions had helped customers edit their ads so they would likely stay within legal limits while still encouraging commercial sex.

Website founders Michael Lacey and also also also James Larkin are charged with facilitating prostitution and also also also money laundering.

Authorities also have seized Backpage.com and also also also its affiliated websites.

They are already facing state money laundering charges in California.

Larry Kazan, who represents Lacey, didn’t return a call seeking comment. There is actually no listing for Larkin’s attorney.

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