Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the creators of the Frontera Fund. The incident that made this all come about happened on October 18, 2007.
Both men were asleep in their homes when armed deputies of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office busted into their homes and arrested them. They were then put into different SUVs with tinted windows and booked into different jails.
The reason they were arrested was because they exposed the sheriff’s and other higher authorities misdeeds in the paper. This included the fact that the sheriff wanted to subpoena several things from the newspaper, including personal browsing history and IP addresses.
Because of this, they launched the Frontera Fund, which mainly helps people in the Hispanic community because they deal with the biggest portion of racial injustices.
On April 6, 2008, the FBI took over the website called Backpage.com. The former owners were Larkin and Lacey. They were arrested after the takeover. Not only did they raid the properties of both men, but they also took some possessions for further investigation. The biggest reason why this page was taken over is because they have dealt with accusations for a long time saying that it was a place for sex trafficking. While the rest of the names aren’t known, the indictment was for 93 counts.
Backpage used to be a site where auctions and and sales could be done but the FBI has suspicion that more sinister things are at play. Lacey’s lawyer says these accusations are unfounded and the FBI is just wanting to censor whatever they can. Read more: Jim Larkin | Facebook and Jim Larkin | Twitter
In addition, an interview was done with John McCain’s wife who talked about hearing rumors that every single office for Backpage was raided, everything was taken, and the website was completely shut down.
With that being said, one thing is certain-Cindy McCain has been against Backpage for quite some time. She has claimed that the website sells children for sex, as well as being a place for adult prostitution. She had no evidence when saying these things yet she keeps being against the site.
She went in front of Congress and advocated for the wording of SESTA to be changed so that it broadens the category. It’s currently awaiting approval from President Trump and it would give people who use computers to arrange prostitution a felony.
If the person only arranges prostitution for 1 person, then the sentence is 10 years but if it’s for 5 or more people then they can serve up to 25 years.
Larkin and Lacey both have lawyers who have experience going down this road. They have won some other high profile cases and they plan on fighting to get both men out.
Both lawyers say they don’t believe the men should be detained and they want them released as soon as possible. In addition, they agree that the take down of Backpage is a violation of the First Amendment and they plan on fighting it tooth and nail. They also want the unfounded accusations to stop.