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KCK man tried to sell 2-year-old for sex on craigslist

KCK man tried to sell 2-year-old for sex on craigslist

Zachary Taylor Garrett

Even though this arrest happened late last month, there’s not a lot of details concerning this story. What is known is that late in June, 22-year-old Zachary Taylor Garrett, of Kansas City, Kansas, was arrested for allegedly attempting to sell a two-year-old child on craigslist for the purposes of someone having sex with the child.

What hasn’t been made public is Garrett’s relationship to the child, which was probably done to protect the child’s identity. However, it’s currently unknown if the child belonged to Garrett or not. Another detail that hasn’t been made clear is who placed the craigslist ad that Garrett responded to. One report states that the ad was posted by someone else but doesn’t go into much detail after that. Garrett allegedly offered the child to undercover investigators, but it’s unknown if they were the ones who posted the ad, and it’s unclear what the ad was requesting. Unfortunately, someone selling a child for sex on craigslist is not exactly an uncommon occurrence.

As I’ve long lamented, as long as craigslist refuses to moderate their ads depraved acts like this will continue to occur on its pages, and as long as we act indifferently towards craigslist they’ll continue to allow it.

UPDATE 7/21/2016: In an article I just found from back in June from Fox 4, Garrett’s neighbors say that he lived with a woman and the child and that the woman worked while he stayed home.

Twin Cities man charged with prostituting 17-year-old girl on Backpage

Twin Cities man charged with prostituting 17-year-old girl on Backpage

44-year-old Darryl Taylor of St. Paul, Minnesota, was recently charged with allegedly prostituting two adult women and a 17-year-old girl on Backpage. The 17-year-old was reportedly forced to have sex with 10 men a day for 3 days. Taylor is said to have kept the two adult women hooked on heroin and cocaine to keep them working for him. Like most pimps he would physically assault all of them by choking them or beating them and would keep the money they made for himself.

Speaking of making money, Taylor is said to have placed hundreds of ads of his victims on Backpage. That’s money that Backpage has made off of the violence and rape of these women while calling it their right to free speech, with the rights of these victims to live free be damned.

Backpage may still be licking their financial wounds but they’re still out there reaping the benefits of sex trafficking,

36 Hours For Removal: Why does Backpage get a pass when Facebook doesn’t?

36 Hours For Removal: Why does Backpage get a pass when Facebook doesn't?

43-year-old Jennifer Streit-Spears was recently stabbed to death. Her boyfriend and alleged killer, 45-year-old Kenneth Alan Amyx, posted a picture of her dead body on her own Facebook account. Members of Streit-Spears’ family tried to get Facebook to remove the photo off of her profile but the photo remained on her profile for 36 hours. Facebook offered the following explanation….

“Facebook has long been a place where people share their experiences and raise awareness about important issues,” a rep told the newspaper. “Sometimes, those experiences and issues involve violence and graphic images of public interest or concern.”

While Jennifer Streit-Spears’ murder is indeed tragic and the length of time it took to remove her photo unfortunate, Facebook was at least able to provide a somewhat reasonable explanation as to why it took them so long to remove the photo.

Recently ABC News’ Nightline did an expose on Backpage and their CEO Carl Ferrer. In case you haven’t heard, Ferrer was called to appear before the US Congress to explains his website’s role in online prostitution and human trafficking but Ferrer refused to appear. Not only has Congress held Ferrer in contempt but they’re currently suing Backpage in order to compel them to turn over records that may show Backpage’s complicity in the sex trade.

During their investigation of Ferrer, Nightline placed an ad on Backpage, with police assistance, that was blatantly advertising a prostitute who was underage. Here’s how it was reported by Nightline…

Det. Lincoln posted an ad for an 18-year-old escort, adding in a line that said she had “a younger friend” who was available as well. Minutes after he posted the ad, calls and texts started streaming in. The ad was up and running.

The ad remained up for about 36 hours, leading to dozens of phone calls, texts and even an arrest captured on “Nightline’s” cameras. The ad was only taken down after “Nightline” sent an anonymous email to Backpage’s dedicated email address for suspected child trafficking. It took eight hours to receive a response, which said to contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, or NCMEC. The ad was taken down shortly after Backpage’s email response was sent.

Backpage later told “Nightline” in a statement that even though they thought that the ad did not clearly advertise that a girl under 18 was involved, their moderators did take it down and they say they banned the account. They also reported the ad to NCMEC.

So according to Backpage an 18-year-old prostitute who says that she has a younger friend isn’t advertising a girl who was under 18. Either they have no concept of the term ‘younger’ or they have abysmal math skills.

Facebook provides a reasonable explanation as to why a murder victim’s picture stayed up for 36 hours and the media is all over it. Backpage gives what can be best described as a half-assed excuse as to why an ad for child prostitution stays up on their website for 36 hours and barely anyone bats an eyelash.

Granted that the child prostitute in this case was fictitious, but how many girls have been peddled on Backpage without them even taking a second look at the ad once they have their money?

These two stories are equally egregious yet only one of them got the media attention that they both deserved. How many women and children have to be sold into sexual slavery in not just our country but most of our cities and towns before we finally decide to speak out about it? There’s been too many victims of Backpage already.

Ohio man threatens to shoot underage Backpage girl if she tells

Ohio man threatens to shoot underage Backpage girl if she tells

Richard Purnell

You don’t normally hear about the johns that are busted using Backpage. More often than not it’s the pimps that you hear about but it seems that we have a special case in 55-year-old Richard Purnell of Parma, Ohio.

Purnell was arrested earlier this month for allegedly ‘patronizing’ a 14-year-old girl that was being trafficked on Backpage. Investigators say that they came across Purnell while investigating an alleged pimp, who was formerly featured on the site, by the name of Ronnie Pratt Jr.

Don’t think that this was a case of ‘I didn’t know she was underage’ either. Not only did Purnell allegedly send thousands of texts to a number of underage girls on Backpage, but he also is said to have threatened the girl by saying he would shoot her if anyone found out about them.

It’s not just the pimps that act violently towards the girls and women who are trafficked on Backpage. The johns can be just as, if not more, violent than the pimps. While Purnell is looking at a decade or more behind bars, we need more sentences and penalties like this for johns. Cut off the demand and there’s no need for a supply. Make the risk much greater than the reward. Not sending slime like this to jail is only fighting half of the problem. It’s like locking your back door while leaving the front door wide open.

Ind. man accused of rape and attempted Backpage trafficking of teen

Patrick J. Davis

Patrick J. Davis

29-year-old Patrick J. Davis of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is accused of allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl he met through Facebook and possibly trying to prostitute the girl on Backpage. I’ll explain the ‘possibly’ part in a minute. But first let’s see what Davis, aka Alan Davis, is said to have done after convincing the girl to run away…

On March 28, Davis picked the girl up at her residence and deactivated the girl’s Facebook account and destroyed her cellphone. Davis then took her to the house of a woman who had been involved with prostitution and had girls working for her.

That’s not terrifying at all for a 14-year-old girl except when it is, which is all the time. And just for shits and giggles I guess Davis woke the girl while she was sleeping so he could rape her in the kitchen of the house. Unfortunately, rape is a common tactic used by pimps in order to intimidate their victims to remain working for them.

Now the reason I say he possibly was looking to traffic the girl on Backpage because Davis and his cohort were allegedly going to use a prepaid credit card to place the ad, except Backpage is no longer allowed to accept any credit card payments. Makes me wonder if Davis was either behind the times or using another website. Either way this scumbag needs to be put away for a long time.

US Senate files lawsuit against Backpage

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer

In the wake of Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer no-showing a congressional hearing on sex trafficking and the Senate voting to hold Backpage and Ferrer in contempt, the US Senate is now filing a lawsuit against Backpage. This lawsuit, the first filed by the Senate in 20 years, is meant to compel Backpage to turn over internal records about how it monitors the ads for prostitution and what length it goes to in order to prevent minors from being trafficked on their site. Backpage has also been accused of editing ads so the people placing the ads will avoid police action. It will be nothing if not entertaining to see how the worms that run Backpage try to protect how they make millions of dollars off the victims of human trafficking and child prostitution.

US Senate holds Backpage in contempt

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In light of Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer refusing a subpoena to appear before congress the U.S. Senate voted to hold Backpage in contempt last week. This means that the Senate could file a lawsuit against Backpage.

A Senate subcommittee investigation believes that Backpage is complicit in assisting pimps and traffickers with their ads for prostitution….

For example, the site edits ads before they’re posted, often removing evidence of law-breaking in its “adult” classifieds, the probe determined. Backpage removes certain words from ads that would trip alarm bells, and it permanently deletes metadata from posts’ images that could allow law enforcement to determine who posted an illegal ad, according to the Senate investigation.

If that allegation is true then Backpage’s usual defense under the archaic Federal Communications Decency Act of 1996 would be negated. Usually Backpage cites the First Amendment protection of freedom of speech to stay in business but if they are actively editing the ads in order to skirt the law then that speech is no longer protected.

Why do we absolve Backpage?

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Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times is one of the few journalists in America who has been trying to raise awareness about the children who are continuously prostituted on Backpage. In his latest column entitled ‘Every Parent’s Nightmare’ he tells a horrific story about a woman from Seattle who dropped her 15-year-old daughter off at school one day then didn’t see her for over 100 days because her daughter has been recruited by a pimp and had been repeatedly advertised on Backpage.

What I really want to draw attention to though is the first two sentences of Mr’ Kristof’s column…

We as a society derided the Roman Catholic Church as an accessory to child sexual abuse, and we lambasted Penn State for similar offenses.

Yet we as a society are complicit or passive in a similar way, by allowing a popular website called Backpage.com to be used to arrange child rape.

Personally I think it’s because while Backpage is a multi-million dollar business it still flies under the media radar and the average person isn’t really aware that Backpage even exists. I’m afraid it will have to take some truly horrendous crime to happen to a child that’s been turned out on Backpage before most people become aware of its existence and the problem within.

A cavalcade of Kik kreepers

Dylan Young

Dylan Young

25-year-old Dylan Young was arrested by police in Chandler, Arizona, for allegedly trying to solicit sex from a 14-year-old girl over the mobile messaging app Kik. The 14-year-old girl was actually a police investigator.
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Maryland police looking for Backpage child pimp

Janice Figueroa and Nathaniel Lee Thompson

Janice Figueroa and Nathaniel Lee Thompson

Police in Howard County, Maryland, are currently searching for 28-year-old Nathaniel Lee Thompson from Delaware. He’s accused of allegedly prostituting a 17-year-old girl on Backpage. Arrested in connection with Thompson’s crime was 19-year-old Janice Figueroa who has been charged with multiple counts of human trafficking.

Police were conducting a Backpage sting when they encountered the 17-year-old girl. When they moved in to arrest Figueroa and Thompson, Figueroa was lying down in the backseat of the car they used to drive the girl to the hotel while Thompson escaped through the backdoor of a restaurant. While this story is lacking in details the charges must be pretty serious as Figueroa is being held on $1 million bond.

Anyone with information on Thompson’s whereabouts, or any human trafficking in Howard County, should call 410-313-STOP or email [email protected]

Meanwhile Backpage would rather thumb their nose at the government then take any measures to stop the sex slave trade that takes place on their website,