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Backpage pimp was running ring from prison

Backpage pimp was running ring from prison

28-year-old Martin Eddie Herrera has been in a Texas prison since 2007 on multiple aggravated robbery charges. Apparently, this hasn’t stopped him from running a criminal enterprise that deals in the trading of people. Using multiple cell phones that were smuggled into prison, Herrera was allegedly able to run a Backpage prostitution ring in San …

22 men indicted in Backpage child prostitution sting

22 men indicted in Backpage child prostitution sting

In Brentwood, Tennessee, 22 men were arrested and indicted after a four-day sting involving child prostitution on Backpage. Two female agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) posed as girls, ages 14 and 16, being prostituted on Backpage. The 22 men who were arrested were said to be well aware of the age of …

Google reverses defense of Backpage

Google reverses defense of Backpage

Previously, I’ve posted about how tech giants like Google opposed amending the Communications Decency Act of 1996. After the drubbing Google and Facebook took during last week’s Senate hearing about the Russian political ads debacle, they now have seemed to thrown their support behind the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act. This is the bill that …

3-month-old rescued during sex trafficking sting

22 men indicted in Backpage child prostitution sting

Recently, the FBI announced the outcome of a nationwide sex trafficking sting operation called Operation Cross Country XI. They were able to rescue 84 juveniles and arrest 120 people involved in sex trafficking. Of course, one of the sites they used during this operation was Backpage. One of the most disturbing aspects of the Operation …

Hell freezes over: Backpage settles child sex trafficking lawsuit

Hell freezes over: Backpage settles child sex trafficking lawsuit

Back in 2012, three women filed a lawsuit against Backpage in the state of Washington. They claimed they were underage when they were forcibly trafficked for sex on the website. Previous lawsuits like this filed against Backpage have failed, however, in 2015, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled the lawsuit could proceed. Earlier today it …

Two Houston women accused of turning out 14-year-old on Backpage

Two Houston women accused of turning out 14-year-old on Backpage

24-year-old Centurrie Deshunn Garrett and 20-year-old Teresa Henry have been charged with various human trafficking charges for allegedly prostituting a 14-year-old girl on Backpage. Reports say the victim was allegedly lured away from Chicago by Henry with the promise of a romantic relationship. It doesn’t matter if the pimps are men or women, the promise …

Google sticks up for Backpage and trafficking

Google reverses defense of Backpage

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 …