The chief executive of the adult classified ad portal Backpage.com has waived extradition from Texas to California after being arrested on several pimping charges. CEO Carl Ferrer appeared in a Houston courtroom Friday in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs. Ferrer was arrested Thursday on a California warrant after arriving in Houston on a flight from Amsterdam. Ferrer waived extradition during the hearing. The local prosecutor says Ferrer is expected to be flown to California on Friday afternoon. Ferrer's attorney, Philip Hilder, says his client believes the charges are "trumped up." Hilder says Ferrer is "looking forward to his day in court, where he gets to battle back on these charges." Investigators allege that adult and child sex-trafficking victims were forced into prostitution through escort ads posted on Ferrer's site.
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