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Backpage CEO no-shows Congressional Hearing

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer

In case you’re wonder why I defaced the picture of Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer I used to do the same thing back in the day with Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster before they closed down their erotic services section. I thought it would be only fair to do the same thing to Ferrer.

Anyway we’re not here to talk about my childish attention seeking ways. We’re here to talk about Mr. Ferrer himself. It seems he was subpoenaed to appear before a Congressional committee that is investigating sex trafficking on the internet. He declined to appear. The committee is possibly seeking contempt charges against Ferrer.

So where is he you may ask? His lawyers state that he is on international travel. I wonder if that happens to be to a country that has no extradition treaty with the U.S. Backpage’s parent company, which may either be SPECTRE or HYDRA, are located in The Netherlands which does have an extradition treaty with the U.S.

Backpage’s legal mouthpiece Liz, McDougall, who has also gotten the Jim Buckmaster treatment in the past, compares the committee’s investigation to that of McCarthyism. Except, you know, for the fact that the people accused by McCarthy weren’t making tons of money over children and women being sold for sex.

Lastly for those of you who say Backpage is actually helping to combat the trafficking of children, and there are people who say that, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children seems to disagree…

“It seemed they were more interested in trying to publicly claim a partnership with (the center) on the issue rather than reducing the sale of children on their website,” said Yiota Souras, the senior vice president and general counsel for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who said the company refused to implement many of the center’s suggestions for stopping child sex trafficking.

She said in some cases, the company refused to take down ads even when family members pleaded for them to do so. She quoted an email to the company where a mother asked that her 16-year-old daughter’s ad be taken down. “For God’s sake, she’s only 16,” the mother pleaded.

Souras said there were more restrictions on ads to sell pets or motorcycles than there were to sell sexual acts.

Getting back to the matter at hand does anyone have any guesses where he went and will he come back to the US willingly or in hand cuffs? I hope it’s the hand cuffs so he can experience just a modicum of the humiliation that the girls and women trafficked on his website feel.

Houston suspect drugs and turns out 4-year-old on craigslist. This is nothing new.

Andrew Turley

Andrew Turley

This is a story that seems to be making the outrage rounds as it should. 28-year-old Andrew Turley was arrested by Houston police for allegedly drugging a 4-year-old girl and prostituting her on craigslist. Turley is nothing short of a monster according to reports.

From Click2Houston

Undercover officers with the Houston Police Department noticed an ad on Craigslist offering “daddy’s little girl” in exchange for money.

They made contact with the person promoting the ad and exchanged more than 60 emails up until Nov. 12.

Prosecutors say Turley allegedly offered two hours with the girl in exchange for $1,000, and a meeting was arranged.

When undercover officers arrived to the meeting location, they found the girl naked underneath a blanket. She was in a groggy state and appeared to be under the influence, according to police.

The ever tactful NY Daily News had this to add

Turley had told the undercover cop “it may not fit in” but said the officer could “do whatever he wanted” to her, McShan said.

So by every right any person who reads this story should be outraged over what this thing was allegedly doing with a 4-year-old girl.

The thing is don’t act like this is something new. This has been going on through craigslist since as long as I’ve been keeping track. All you need to do is scroll through the craigslist archives of this site to see just a sampling of all the child predators who have been caught using craigslist. Hell, this victim isn’t even the youngest girl to be turned out on craigslist.

Pedophiles, pornographers and predators are abundant on craigslist. They have been for quite some time now. If you’re going to be outraged about what this scumbag did to a little girl you should also be outraged that craigslist does nothing to block these ads.

And to all the media types who are just finding this out for the first time where the hell have you been?

Lovely college girl with a thing for older men was a 14-year-old girl on Backpage

Ronnie Pratt Jr.

Ronnie Pratt Jr.

Just because Backpage has been dealt a serious financial blow doesn’t mean they’re down for the count just yet. They’re still collecting money for the children being sold into sexual slavery on their site.

In Cleveland, 22-year-old Ronnie Pratt Jr. was arrested for allegedly turning out a 14-year-old girl on Backpage for the purposes of prostitution. When interviewed by the FBI the victim said that she had been working for Pratt since she was 13. Pratt allegedly advertised her on Backpage as “lovely college girl” who has a “thing for older men.” Federal investigators saw the ad and though the girl looked a little young. Apparently they were right.

While Backpage may not be allowed to accept credit card payments anymore they are still accepting cash, check, money order and bitcoin so we can’t relax just yet. We can’t rest until Backpage is no longer making any kind of money off the women and children who being trafficked on their site.

LASD to stop arresting child prostitutes

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell

Recently Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has ordered his department to no longer arrest underage prostitutes and that they shouldn’t be referred to as child prostitutes.

“They are child victims and survivors of rape,” McDonnell wrote in a letter to his employees. “We must remember that children cannot consent to sex under any circumstance.”

This is actually kind of a big deal considering the massive amount of square mileage that the LASD has jurisdiction over. Just the unincorporated parts of L.A. County covers 4,083 square miles.

Sheriff McDonnell goes on to say…

McDonnell said that he has instructed his employees to stop using the terms “child prostitute” and “underage prostitution.”

Using those terms, McDonnell said, strips responsibility from the traffickers and the people who pay to have sex with children.

“Buyers,” he said, “should be viewed as child molesters and predators.”

I couldn’t agree more. The only problem is that historically the punishment for the johns hasn’t been harsh enough to effectively curtail the demand. To make this an ideal situation new legislation for increased sentencing would be needed to go along with this much-needed view on the underage victims of sex trafficking.

Thanks to Jade for the tip.

Scary potato man caught in underage Backpage sting

Corwin Thomas Moose

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?

Suspect accused of buying underage girls off of Backpage

Michael Luck

Michael Luck

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.

Backpage child pimp is an actual child


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.

UPDATE 11/5/2015: Chaney has pleaded no contest.

Wash. State Supreme Court rules lawsuit against Backpage can proceed


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.

Two plead guilty to child prostitution on MyRedbook


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.

Use Bitcoin for all your Backpage sex trafficking and get a 10% discount


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.