Former Phoenix New Times owners Michael Lacey and James Larkin have been charged in California with conspiracy to commit pimping in connection with their controlling interest in the Backpage adult classified ad portal, and warrants have been issued for their arrests.
Winn said it was telling that the two men sold New Times, the journalism enterprise that started their business, but kept Backpage.
“They were never going to give up that cash cow,” she said. “It was too profitable.”
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