In the unceasing parade of human folly and hypocrisy, perhaps there is no better example of a man who, for years, falsely accused L Ron Hubbard and all Scientologists of endorsing and condoning pedophilia while he himself had made 90% of his paycheck off of Backpage sex traffick advertising, which led to horrific instances of child rape and murder.
The more you get past the idea that it’s all just a Scientology Fair Game operation of guilt by association to discredit one of their most vociferous critics, and look at Tony Ortega’s factual history, economic connections, and defense of the notorious BackPage.com, the more difficult it becomes to scrape your jaw off the floor in alarm.
Mike Rinder, who Tony Ortega propagandistically describes as a “former Scientology spokesman” (when in fact Rinder ran the notorious Office of Special Affairs for 22 years, reporting “dones” to David Miscavige every day) dismisses Ortega’s relationship to Backpage, saying that Tony was the Editor of the newspaper side of the Village Voice, and he had nothing to do with the advertising side of the newspaper.
Mike is doing some propagandizing himself here, because in 2011, not only did Tony Ortega endorse and condone the sex trafficking going on in his organization, he went after and tried to discredit fellow journalist Amber Lyon, a CNN reporter who was investigating the sex trafficking, including child sex trafficking, that Backpage was selling.
“What happens when two adults find each other through Backpage.com?’ Ortega writes. “I couldn’t tell you. The whole point of Backpage.com is that we aren’t involved after two consenting adults find each other through the community bulletin board, which exists solely so that people can freely express themselves—sometimes in ways that make other people uncomfortable. We’re First Amendment extremists that way. Always have been.”
“Underage prostitution is a persistent problem in this country, but as we established in last week’s cover story, it exists at a level that is nothing like what is being trumpeted by Amber Lyon on the behalf of activists who want to put us out of business.”
In this astounding article, Tony Ortega justifies the sex trafficking income which is paying his paycheck as saying that it was a matter of the First Amendment. He describes the careful process that backpage employees went through to take out words that made the ads look too much like they were ads for sex trafficking and child rape – and then going ahead and placing the advertising. Tony makes the case that this process is why the way they were making money here by advertising for sex traffickers was legit.
Well this exact process that Tony Ortega describes in his 2011 article seems to be the exact evidence which was used to charge and convict Tony’s boss at Village Voice Media, Carl Ferrer, on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to facilitate prostitution.
From the Washington Post article I linked to above, there is this chilling confession:
“In a remarkable three-paragraph admission in his federal plea agreement, Ferrer wrote that “I conspired with other Backpage principals … to find ways to knowingly facilitate the state-law prostitution crimes being committed by Backpage’s customers.”
“Ferrer also acknowledged creating a “moderation” process to remove terms and pictures indicative of prostitution. “Such editing did not,” Ferrer wrote, “of course, change the essential nature of the illegal service being offered in the ad — it was merely intended to create a veneer of deniability for Backpage.” He said that these “editing practices were only one component of an overall, companywide culture and policy of concealing and refusing to officially acknowledge the true nature of the services being offered in Backpage’s ‘escort’ and ‘adult’ ads.”
Is this the part that may very well land Tony Ortega in legal jeopardy? When you read Tony Ortega’s Village Voice article that I linked to and quoted from above, ask yourself: Is Tony Ortega not only endorsing and condoning sex trafficking here, but is he also defending and justifying it, as well as attacking and trying to discredit other journalists who are seeking to expose it?
And so does that make him an integral part of the conspiracy to traffick in sex, including child rape for pay?
Don’t take my word for any of this horror. After all, Scientology wins here in so many ways. Therefore, it must not be true, and therefore Alanzo must be a “covert Scientologist” for writing about it – or so the anti-Scientology tribal ‘logic’ goes.
Set aside the “Scientology is fair gaming Tony” conspiracy theory that’s protecting your belief system here, and explore the horrific facts of the case yourself.
And then, just like me, try to scrape your jaw off the floor.