Corwin Thomas Moose
43-year-old Corwin Thomas Moose (I can’t make this stuff up folks), of Maple Grove, Minnesota, has been recently arrested and charged with two counts of prostitution of a minor. A 16-year-old girl was allegedly advertising herself on Backpage for sex. I see that Backpage’s age verification process hasn’t changed at all, but I digress. Moose is said to have had sex with her at her home.
Police found the girl’s ad and approached her considering her a victim. They posed as the girl and arranged another meeting with Moose and this is what went down…
Police met him at the gas station and arrested him. In his vehicle, they found a large empty suitcase, rubber gloves, and a new tarp lining the trunk.
Police also discovered that Moose did not have the $100 when he arrived at the gas station.
The victim should consider herself very lucky that police found her because it appears that if they didn’t she may have been just another statistic and just a little more blood on Backpage’s hands.
But seriously, the dude has a head like a giant potato, right?
Police in Orlando, Florida believe that Michael Gordon Luck, of Remington, Indiana, allegedly bought two underage girls. ages 15 and 16, off of Backpage while on vacation. The girls were said to have placed ads on Backpage with the help of a 19-year-old friend. Luck is said to have set them up in his condo with their own room and key and may have even supplied them with drugs.
Luck was caught because one of the girls was a runaway. Luck was initially approached by police at a mall where he was with both girls. Luck is said to have given an answer worthy of the ‘To Catch a Predator’ predators…
On April 14, Luck initially told deputies that he’d met the girls at a Publix supermarket and wanted to help them and keep them off the streets, according to the affidavit, but he later changed his account, saying he met them online.
Then he changed his story to another familiar tune that we’ve heard before…
Luck said he’d had sex with the girls but believed they were 19 and 20 years old, according to the affidavit.
Luck is facing some serious jail time since he’s been charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor, lewd and lascivious battery, and most importantly child sex trafficking. Because of that last charge Luck is facing a possible life sentence.
But lets not forget that these girls were able to deftly circumvent Backpage’s age policy and million dollar security safeguards just by having another person post for then probably using a ore-paid credit card.
This is the kind of person that law enforcement needs to pursue more vigorously, the john. As I’ve said before they need to make the risk much greater than the reward and I think a potential life sentence for johns who use child prostitutes may actually discourage this kind of crime.
Not only does Backpage have child prostitutes being sold on their website but in this case one of the pimps was a child himself. 16-year-old Jmaire Wray of East Providence, Rhode Island, was sentenced to 6 years after pleading no contest to turning out two underage girls on Backpage.
How could a minor get around Backpage’s ‘stringent’ safeguards to post ads for two minor girls? I mean besides the fact that they used to be able to accept pre-paid credit cards as payment. Wray had a cohort in 20-year-old Reginald Chaney who seemed to be the supposed man in charge of this little operation. Chaney appears to still be awaiting trial.
However, especially for those of you who say there’s no trafficking on Backpage, Chaney is accused of allegedly having one of the girls raped for not wanting to work for him and is said to have repeatedly used a TASER on his victims to keep them in line. That doesn’t exactly sound like the life of freedom that so many of you say Backpage provides these women. Oh, did I say women? I meant to say girls, because that’s what they are, underage girls who are being raped and brutalized while Backpage sits back and claims they’re defending the First Amendment. But keeping drinking Backpage’s Kool-Aid, it may help the denial go down easier.
Back in 2012, three women who were prostituted on Backpage while underage filed a lawsuit against the website in the state of Washington. For three years I hadn’t heard any updates about the lawsuit. I just assumed it was dismissed like similar lawsuits have been in the past. I’m glad I was wrong.
Earlier today the State Supreme Court of Washington ruled that the lawsuit against Backpage can proceed. Previously lawsuits like this have been dismissed because of the Federal Communications Decency Act of 1996. That act, which is antiquated in internet time in my opinion, basically says that a website is not responsible for the content that its users may post on it. However, in their ruling the court said that the case can proceed because there may be evidence that Backpage had a hand in creating the content.
The lawsuit filed in Pierce County Superior Court claimed Backpage.com markets itself as a place to sell “escort services” but actually provides pimps with instructions on how to write an ad that works.
Between the lawsuit proceeding and taking a hit in the wallet after the credit card companies cut ties with them it looks like Backpage may finally be beginning to reap what they have sown.
When I posted about former owner of MyRedbook, Eric Omuro, being prosecuted and convicted of facilitating prostitution one of the reactions I received was that MyRedbook was ‘different’ and that no children were being trafficked on the site.
The federal government may disagree since recently two men from San Jose, California, pleaded guilty to trafficking a minor for sex on MyRedbook. 28-year-old Justin Everett Crutchfield and 24-year-old Demontae Terrell Toliver both pleaded guilty in federal court to knowingly trafficking a girl who was under the age of 16 on the former escort site.
I can already hear you saying “But Trench, this is only one instance of child prostitution on MyRedbook”. To that I say MyRedbook had a much smaller userbase than a site like Backpage. Not only that but usually where there’s one instance of a crime going on there’s more that is either not caught or we don’t hear about.
Thankfully this avenue for trafficking women and children has been closed and hopefully another and more major closing will be happening soon.
Backpage is always touting about how they have all these safeguards in place to stop human traffickers and pimps from posting obviously criminal ads for prostitution and child prostitution on their site. Yet they accept payment for ads from such untraceable sources like pre-paid credit cards and Bitcoin.
For those of you who may not know Bitcoin is what’s known as a cryptocurrency, a decentralized form of digital payment. Bitcoin’s main attraction is that it;’s supposed to be untraceable which makes it a favorite form of payment for various online criminal activities, most infamously the former online black market known as Silk Road.
Now I knew that Backpage accepted Bitcoin but I didn’t know it was their preferred form of payment for its ‘adult’ ads. While reading this article from the Rutland Herald about how sex trafficking of women and children happens even in rural Vermont I came across this quote about Backpage…
Also, backpage accepts prepaid credit cards and bitcoin payments because they are untraceable. Backpage offers a 10 percent discount for bitcoin payments.
If Backpage is so concerned about the problem of sex trafficking why are they encouraging the use of a supposedly untraceable form of payment? Simple, all they really care about is making as much money as they can from the prostitution ads where too many women and girls are forced into sexual slavery by their traffickers and pimps. If Backpage really cared about their victims they would shut down their adult ad section. They just can’t walk away from the millions of dollars they make off of the modern-day slave trade.
UPDATE: Bitcoin is now the only form of payment for Backpage as the major credit card companies have cut all ties with them.
It’s no secret that there is always an extreme uptick of sex trafficking at the time and location of major sporting events. Today’s Kentucky Derby is no different as Backpage traffic has increased in the days running up to the Derby.
I tend to not post those stories because it should be common sense. However I posted a link to this one because I wanted to share the story of a victim of sex trafficking that was quoted in the article…
Margeaux Gray knows the system all too well. She lived it for more than a decade.
“I was first exposed to trafficking, or sold into slavery, when I was 5-years-old,” she told WKYT’s Miranda Combs.
By the time Gray escaped, the trauma had left visible scars. She’s now legally blind, the effects of bulimia. She said she was sold for sex by someone she trusted, over and over again.
“By nine years old, I knew how to do things that no child should ever know how to do. No one. It’s unacceptable,” she said.
Gray doesn’t share details. She said the person who sold her for sex was never charged because prosecution was too painful for her.
“It’s all about control and controlling the victim so they can stay quiet. So I was brainwashed into believing a lot of things, and it worked.”
Yet people, and I use that term loosely, will use the myth of the ‘consenting adult’ to justify to themselves what they’re doing isn’t wrong when they order someone off of Backpage.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.
Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888: Call Specialists are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking. All reports are confidential and you may remain anonymous. Interpreters are available.
Human trafficking is nothing more than modern-day slavery and yet is probably one of the least known crimes among the American populace. Please help spread the word that it is an epidemic in our society.
This is another good story to show what lengths pimps and human traffickers will go to exploit their victims.
In Spokane, Washington, police say that 35-year-old Dante Dupree Oliver was prostituting a 16-year-old girl on Backpage while being held in county lock up. Oliver was being held for failing to register as a sex offender.
Oliver was allegedly prostituting the runaway on Backpage before his arrest and mailed a letter to her home to make sure she would continue making money for him.
A portion of the letter reads, “yea I want you posting every day makin at least 200 hundred dollars a day. We’ve been through this already. So u should already know the math.”
The victim in this case also was reluctant to cooperate; another passage from the letter delivered a warning regarding the teen’s loyalty: “this is the part where you plan on being in pocket and stayin loyal for life. Anything less than that is probably a bad move.”
So basically he wanted the victim to keep posting ads on Backpage while he was still in jail. Apparently Backpage’s so-called safeguards are discouraging absolutely no one.
32-year-old Patrick Leo Simmons of Oakland, California, is accused of allegedly prostituting an underage girl on backpage. Investigators say that Simmons sexually abused the girl and physically assaulted her to keep her in line. Showing just what lengths pimps and traffickers will go to in order to find new victims police say that he picked up his victim in a bible study class.
Hey Backpage, good job on blocking this ad for an underage girl. Oh wait, you didn’t because your so-called screening process doesn’t work.
Lee A. Paul
Lee A. Paul of Rochester, Minnesota, was indicted back in February on charges of sex trafficking a minor however the story is much more brutal than that. Paul allegedly lured a 12-year-old girl to a McDonald’s in 2013 then raped her before making her take explicit pictures of herself for advertising her on craigslist. Investigators say that Paul threatened to kill the girl or her family if she did not comply.
I’m not posting this to bury craigslist for once since the actual crime took place two years ago. I’m posting this to once again try to hammer the point home that prostitution is not a victimless crime and is usually never between consenting adults. It’s filled with monsters like this behind the scenes making money from what is essentially the modern slave trade.