Feds charge Back­page founder af­ter hu­man-traf­fick­ing probe

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - FRONT PAGE -

A founder of the on­line clas­si­fied ad­ver­tis­ing site Back­page and a 45year-old alt-weekly news­pa­per in Phoenix has been charged in a fed­eral hu­man-traf­fick­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Michael Lacey, 69, of Se­dona, Ariz., who helped build a na­tion­wide me­dia em­pire out of the Phoenix New Times, was charged Fri­day as part a 93-count in­dict­ment, ac­cord­ing to his lawyer.

Fed­eral au­thor­i­ties had spent months prob­ing whether Back­page served as a will­ing par­tic­i­pant in the on­line sale of sex, in­clud­ing with un­der­age girls.

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