Larkin and Lacey are known for being the founders of an online classified website. Lacey is aged 68 and Larkin aged 67 were the minds behind weekly Phoenix newspaper back in the year 1970. The two worked together to build the company with Lacey serving as a co-founder of the alternative weekly and as an editor at the same time.
On the other hand, Larkin served as the publisher. With the existence of the organization, the two developed a series of alternative weekly newspapers, topping up on their acquisition of the old Village Voice in New York back in the year 2005.
The year two 201 saw the two associates sell their organization to a group of employees opting to carry on the operation of the business which had turned to be extremely money-spinning called Backpage. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikepida
This was a website mainly designed as an online platform for running classified adverts. The challenge with the site was that its growth had dominated and encouraged advertisements based on age limit. This means that the website developed a platform for running immoral adverts. The law enforcement firms were against the website claiming that the adverts had a motive to solicit prostitutes. This was followed by claims that there was substantial evidence about underage girls undergoing trafficking through the site.
Despite the charges mentioned, the crimes are not linked TO their ownership of the website, but it is related to the fact that they generated profit coming from the prostitution undertakings. Further investigations from A California-based justice investigator questioned eight distinguished ladies and teenagers who had adverts running on the website.
The findings proved that each of them earned money from prostitution which they later used to place adverts on the site. It is evidenced that the amount of money in the form of bonuses that Lacey and Larkin received added to at least 10 million dollars.
The Backpage Company was sold in the year 2014 to Ferrer. The buyer later developed a parent company in Netherlands. According to all the records of the new corporation, Ferrer is the only name that appears as far as the dealings of the company are concerned. As an investigation measure, McDougall received an email questioning about the interest Lacey and Larkin had in Backpage. It is confirmed that he did not respond to the email.
Larkin and Lacey created the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund with the aim of supporting migrant rights. As a result of their arrest, the two use 3.7 5 million to start and launch this fund. The organization set its ball rolling in the year 2014 where it supported the Colibri Center for Human rights.
Until today, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund provides supports to organizations that call for civil, human and also migrant rights. The organization also advocates for freedom of speech as well as participation in civil matters. In recent years, the co-founders Larkin and Lacey created a group to help support the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.
SWball June 12, 2017
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