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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,

Buffalo man accused of using social media for rape, child porn and child prostitution

Robert Pritchett

Robert Pritchett

20-year-old Robert Pritchett of Buffalo, New York is a real piece of work. Not only is he under investigation for child porn and rape charges in which he allegedly used mobile messaging app Kik for, but he’s also accused of prostituting a 17-year-old girl on Backpage and MeetMe.

Federal investigators believe he may have more victims…

While online, Pritchett went by a variety of names including James Heart, James Cooper, James Matthew, Tyler Games, James Allen, Jamez Tommy, Gabriel Michaels, Jess Allen, Thomas Allen, Matthew Allen, James Church, Faith Anderson and Max Heart.

If you have any information in connection to this case, you’re asked to contact the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force at 716.856.7800 or go to http://www.fbi.gov to submit a tip electronically.

Again I would recommend talking to your kids about scum like this and let them know that any adult they don’t know that starts talking to them online is more than likely out to harm them.

9 things you didn’t know about sex trafficking plus one from Trench

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I’m usually not one for ‘listicles’ because they’re usually only worthless clickbait. However RollingOut.com’s ‘9 things you didn’t know about sex trafficking’ is a listicle that’s not only informative but one that more people should actually see.

By all means please click on the link to read the article but there’s something from the article itself I wanted to discuss. Of course it touches on craigslist and backpage but I specifically wanted to talk about the following…

Girls get into the sex trade in different ways

    Friends or family influence
    Boredom (they see this as something exciting and new)
    To afford a drug habit
    “Boyfriend” tricks them into believing they will do it for the boyfriend if they love them
    Gang initiation

These are all true but I wanted to talk about another reason how underage girls are tricked into child prostitution. In the past I’ve called it the modeling scam where a pimp, or other predator, approaches a girl online and preys upon a girl’s vanity by telling them they can get them into modeling. A variation on that trick is where a pimp will promise their victim a life of money and glamour by working for them without telling them what they’d really be doing.

Other than that small addition the list is spot on and should be forwarded around on Facebook rather than ‘100 ways bananas are better than bicycles’ or some such crap.

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.