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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, …

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 …

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 …

Florida man got women hooked on heroin to turn them out on Backpage

Florida man got women hooked on heroin to turn them out on Backpage

(Story broke 6/1/2017) 43-year-old Patrick Trottie was arrested in Jacksonville, Florida, for allegedly forcing drug-addicted women into prostitution on Backpage. Trottie would reportedly look for women who were going through heroin withdrawal, give them heroin, then tell them they had to prostitute themselves in order to pay back their ‘debt’ to Trottie. The women were …

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 …

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 …

Backpage prostitute lived in fear from her trafficker

Backpage prostitute lived in fear from her trafficker

55-year-old Michael Miller of Arizona was arrested in Miami for allegedly prostituting a woman on Backpage and violently assaulting her. Miller is said to have been romantically involved with the woman in Arizona when he reportedly talked her in to prostituting herself on Backpage. By the time she realized she was just another body to …

The violence of a Backpage pimp in small town America

The violence of a Backpage pimp in small town America

As I’ve said in the past, too many people think that sex trafficking doesn’t happen where they live, and that it only happens in big cities. Have you ever heard of Auburn, Maine? I didn’t until I read this story. According to Wikipedia, the city has a population of roughly 23,000. That didn’t keep one …

Two different advocacy groups file lawsuits against Backpage

Two different advocacy groups file lawsuits against Backpage

A domestic violence shelter in Arizona and a human rights group in Florida have both filed lawsuits against Backpage claiming that Backpage was knowingly running a site for prostitution and human trafficking. The Sojourner Center in Phoenix, and Florida Abolitionist in Orlando, are both seeking unspecified damages from Backpage for the time, money and counseling …