The legislation faced opposition from free-expression groups and some Internet companies that consider Section the core pillar of the modern Internet and say the crimes will simply travel deeper into the dark Web. The office strives to protect and serve the citizens of the Northern District of Florida through the ethical, vigorous, and impartial enforcement of the laws of the United States, to defend the national security, to improve the safety and quality of life in our communities through the protection of civil rights, and to protect the public funds and financial assets of the United States. Detectives say they also found photos of the victim in Alford's phone. Lacey and Larkin are former executives of the New Times Media chain, which they sold off a few years ago. This sexual activity took place at various locations in the Northern District of Florida, including local hotels in Gainesville, Florida. A mutual friend introduced her to Alford, who offered her money, food and shelter by having sex with various people, the affidavit says. Ferrer was subpoenaed to testify before the Senate in , but he did not show up. Plus, a major Senate investigation and a cache of discovered documents eventually suggested that Backpage was actively involved in the creating and editing of the sex ads, making the site a publisher that could be liable for its content. The law, however, allows for federal criminal investigations. The indictment is the first case of federal criminal charges against the people behind Backpage after years of scrutiny and controversy. The victim told investigators she was in Gainesville for several weeks and needed money, shelter and food. To access public court documents online, please visit the U. Sex workers also have argued that the bill would make people working in the industry less safe. The victim told deputies she had sex with about 12 men. The affidavit says they created an ad on a website and set up meetings with men on the victim's phone. The affidavit says Alford kept the money and took the victim's phone to keep her from contacting friends and family. Craig used physical and nonphysical means to coerce the victim to engage in this sexual activity, including violence and the threat of physical violence against her.