Lawyer Says His Client Is A Pimp, But Not A Human TraffickerThe defense lawyer for an ex-convict charged with human trafficking claims the alleged victims worked for him voluntarily.
January 2020 Trial Set For Backpage FoundersMichael Lacey, James Larkin and five employees of the site who are charged in the case are scheduled for trial on Jan. 15, 2020.
Backpage CEO Pleads Guilty, Will Testify Against OthersThe chief executive of Backpage pleaded guilty to state and federal charges including conspiracy and money laundering.
Indictment Accuses Backpage Founders Of Aiding ProstitutionThe founders of Backpage and five others at the classified site have been indicted on federal charges in what authorities say was a scheme to facilitate prostitution.
Bay Area Men Arrested For Alleged Sex Trafficking Of Teenage GirlsFour Bay Area men arrested for allegedly providing drugs and alcohol to teenage girls and then prostituting them in Salinas and San Jose.
Alleged Santa Rosa Mother-Son Pimps Employed 150 Women Over 10 YearsA Santa Rosa man and his mother had operated an illegal brothel in the North Bay for 10 years, employing nearly 150 women and serving hundreds of clients.
Over 3,300 Erotic Massage Businesses Operating In California, Report FindsA third of all illicit massage businesses in the United States are located in California, according to a new report.
Rohnert Park Police Arrest Mother, Son for Operating Prostitution RingFollowing an investigation, Rohnert Park authorities arrested a mother and her son for allegedly operating a prostitution ring.
San Francisco Sex Workers Reporting Violent Crimes Won't Face ArrestSan Francisco has adopted first-of-its-kind policy that shields sex workers reporting a violent crime from being arrested for prostitution.
Fairfield Police Arrest Alleged Pimp, Rescue 16-Year-Old GirlOfficers in Fairfield arrested a man on suspicion of pimping after a 16-year-old girl told officers that he had been trafficking her over the past week.
Conspiracy Charges Dropped Against Oakland Cop Over Involvement With ProstituteFelony conspiracy charges against a former Oakland police officer for his involvement with a prostitute were dismissed for the second time.
Sex Workers' Advocate Asks Federal Court in S.F. to Strike Down Law Against ProstitutionA lawyer for a sex workers' advocacy group asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco Thursday to overturn a 145-year-old California law that criminalizes prostitution.