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The recent publication of a hyperbolic study that purported to show an “astronomical” level of demand for sex workers in the Hawaii was punctuated by an odd incident that prompted two law-enforcement agencies to investigate. On Friday, September 21, officers…

Screenshot of the photo and headline treatment that topped Elizabeth Nolan Brown's August 2018 Reason.com profile of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, former owners of the online classified-ad site Backpage.com. Shows a photo of Lacey and Larkin, along with the story's headline, 'The Senate Accused Them of Selling Kids for Sex. The FBI Raided Their Homes. Backpage.com’s Founders Speak for the First Time. An inside look at how indie media veterans James Larkin and Michael Lacey became the targets of a federal witchhunt.'

In an in-depth profile by Elizabeth Nolan Brown published this week on the website Reason.com, veteran newspaper publishers and former Backpage.com co-owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin spoke out candidly about their arrests on federal charges of money laundering, conspiracy,…

Photo of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, wearing sport coats, outside federal court in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

Federal prosecutors in Phoenix recently filed a  new, superseding indictment against seven former owners and executives of the online listings giant Backpage.com. Dated July 25, the complaint largely reprises the dozens of allegations that formed the basis of the original…