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Google sticks up for Backpage and trafficking

Google sticks up for Backpage and trafficking

Nicholas Kristof, of the New York Times, is one of the few nationally known journalists who has continually reported on the transgressions of Backpage when it comes to Backpage’s part in the sex trade. In one of his recent columns, Kristoff goes after an even bigger fish in the polluted waters of internet sex trafficking, …

Former Okla. State Senator Ralph Shortey indicted

Former Okla. State Senator Ralph Shortey indicted on child porn charges

I originally posted about former Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey here. Back in March, he was caught in a motel with a 17-year-old boy he met through craigslist, who Shortey was allegedly paying for sex. When asked about the situation, Shortey reportedly said “he was just there to hang out with his friend.” More recently, …

Courts allow prosecution of Backpage to proceed

Courts allow prosecution of Backpage to proceed

Back in December, I was concerned that incoming California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, wouldn’t pursue charges against Backpage like his predecessor Kamala Harris did. Those fears were allayed after the Sacramento County Superior Court overruled defense dismissal motions, meaning prosecution against Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer and Backpage shareholders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. While the …

19-year-old accused of turning out 16-year-old girl on Backpage

19-year-old accused of turning out 16-year-old girl on Backpage

(Story broke 6/2/2017) 19-year-old Destiny Santilli of Brandon, Florida, was arrested for allegedly prostituting a 16-year-old girl on Backpage. The 16-year-old girl was a runaway at the time. Santilli reportedly took explicit pictures of the girl and posted them to Backpage while keeping most of the money the girl made. Thanks to Backpage, just about …

Jersey couple turned out teen babysitter on Backpage

Jersey couple turned out teen babysitter on Backpage

19-year-old Christopher K. White and his 28-year-old girlfriend, Adria Regn, of Mount Holly, New Jersey, are accused of allegedly keeping their 17-year-old babysitter captive and making her work as a prostitute. The girl knew White and thought she would be baby sitting Regn’s kids when the victim went to the couple’s motel room. Instead, she …

Accused Backpage pimp used his mom to contact victim

Trio accused of prostituting pregnant teen on Backpage

(Story broke 5/31/2017) A person by the name of George Torres is accused of allegedly prostituting an underage girl on Backpage in the Corpus Christi, Texas, area. During a hearing at the end of May, prosecutors testified Torres was allegedly contacting his victim in order to try to discourage her from testifying against him. Prosecutors …

19-year-old accused of prostituting 15-year-old ex on Backpage

19-year-old accused of prostituting 15-year-old ex on Backpage

(Story broke 5/25/2017) 19-year-old Desmond Taper of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was arrested for allegedly prostituting his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend on Backpage. The girl is said to have been turned out on Backpage’s dating section after Backpage falsely claimed censorship and ‘shut down’ their adult section. It seems Backpage’s alleged safeguards designed to prevent underage girls from being …

Multi-state Backpage trafficking ring busted in Minnesota

Multi-state Backpage trafficking ring busted in Minnesota

(Story broke 5/18/2017) In Minnetonka, Minnesota, 28-year-old Ricky Turner Jr. and 25-year-old Brittany Harenza were arrested for allegedly running a multi-state prostitution ring on Backpage. The couple referred to themselves online as ‘King Finesse’ and ‘Finesse Bunnie’. Turner was said to have been the pimp while Harenza was his main recruiter. The pair are accused …

Florida man charged with turning out 16-year-old on Backpage

Florida man charged with turning out 16-year-old on Backpage

(Story broke 5/18/2017) 31-year-old Marco Vinicio Orrego of Boynton Beach, Florida, is facing federal charges of allegedly prostituting a 16-year-old girl on Backpage. Orrego is said to have met the underage runaway on Backpage before turning her out himself. He’s also accused of raping the girl, taking pictures of the rape, and sending the pictures …

You can now pay for Backpage sex ads with gift cards

You can now pay for Backpage sex ads with gift cards

After having the credit card companies tell them to take a hike and having to turn to Bitcoin, Backpage has now made it much easier and more anonymous to purchase sex ads. According to an article by the Dallas Morning News, Backpage is now accepting gift cards as payment for their ads for prostitution. The …

WaPo busts Backpage in major lie about sex ads

Courts allow prosecution of Backpage to proceed

The Washington Post recently received documents from a lawsuit unrelated to Backpage that allegedly shows Backpage was not only creating and editing the content of their adult ads, but they were copying ads from competing websites and actively soliciting people to post sex ads on Backpage for free. The lawsuit was filed against a company …

Trio accused of prostituting pregnant teen on Backpage

(Story broke 6/23/2017) Three people were arrested in Acworth, Georgia, recently for allegedly prostituting a 17-year-old girl on Backpage. If that wasn’t bad enough, the girl was also 23 1/2 weeks pregnant at the time of her alleged traffickers’ arrests. Police say that there could be additional arrests. The article I linked to from WSB …