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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 …

Let’s not forget the victims who can’t say #MeToo

Let's not forget the victims who can't say #MeToo

For the past two weeks, the news has been filled with stories about Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Details have been made public about his alleged serial behavior of sexual assault and harassment against actresses and other female members of the entertainment industry that according to some reports goes back as far as 1980. The …

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 …

Backpage pimps pumped pregnant woman with drugs

Backpage pimps pumped pregnant woman with drugs

In Fayetteville, North Carolina, colloquially known as Fayette Nam, police arrested 22-year-old Jeremy Shane Gentry Jr. and 24-year-old Stanley Dwayne Olaf Koberger (Hasenpfeffer Incorporated) on human trafficking charges. According to police Gentry and Koberger are accused of allegedly coercing a pregnant woman into prostitution on Backpage by forcibly pumping her full of drugs. The pregnant …

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, …

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 …