In Kennewick, Washington police have arrested 19-year-old Melissa Marie Salsbury and her husband, 20-year-old Stanley Lynn Salsbury Jr., for prostituting 17-year-old girls on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com. The Salsburys allegedly used threats of violence and extortion to keep the girls working for them. The girls were recruited by being told that they would be dancing for money.
Also arrested were four johns, mot of whom allegedly knew the girls were underage…
— Chad Andrew Crithfield, 40, of Richland, on three counts of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation, a gross misdemeanor.
— Francisco Meza III, 31, of Sunnyside, with commercial sex abuse of a minor, a felony.
— Mason Cameron Harris, 24, of Kennewick with prostitution, a misdemeanor, and third-degree theft, a gross misdemeanor.
— Armand Robert Vasquez, 67, of Phoenix, Ariz., with commercial sex abuse of a minor, a felony.
The sad part is that none of the six are currently in custody. Again, child traffickers and their clients are being treated with kid gloves, no pun intended. Instead they should be treated with an iron fist rule.
And again I think it’s obvious that backpage’s alleged steps to eliminate trafficking in their site are non-existent.