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TN suspect charged with prostituting 15-year-old on Backpage

TN suspect charged with prostituting 15-year-old on Backpage

Brockett Lang

Brockett Lang, age not mentioned, was arrested by the FBI and Sullivan County detectives in Tennessee, for allegedly prostituting a 15-year-old girl on Backpage. Lang was charged with trafficking a child for a commercial sex act, which under a new law is a felony carrying a possible 12 year sentence. If there’s any good news to come from this story is that the girl was not being treated as a criminal and is being treated as a victim.

Even though Backpage may be in its financial and legal death throes that doesn’t mean that the problem of children being prostituted on their site has gone away. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention that once again this is taking place not only in major urban markets, but as this and many other stories point out, it’s also taking place in small towns and rural areas. This isn’t a niche crime, it’s occurring everywhere and it’s a problem that demands all of our attention.

Supreme Court rejects Backpage appeal to keep sex trafficking records private

Backpage granted temporary stay from Supreme Court

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer

Yesterday, the Supreme Court refused to block a Senate subpoena that had requested Backpage turn over its internal records regarding its alleged role in online prostitution and sex trafficking. In case you haven’t been following the story, back in August, a federal judge gave Backpage ten days to turn over its records to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The subcommittee has been investigating Backpage for some time and has been attempting to get these records for almost a year. Backpage was given a stay after that ruling, but soon afterwards the stay was lifted. This prompted Backpage to appeal to the Supreme Court, which as I mentioned refused to block the subpoena. The Supreme Court’s ruling makes Backpage’s deadline to turn over records right about…now.

While Backpage has seem to run out of their judicial bag of tricks they still seem to be hemming and hawing about turning over the records

“The volume of documents and data required to be processed, reviewed, redacted and logged renders production of every last responsive document and complete privilege logs by September 13, 2016 impossible regardless of best efforts,” the company’s lawyers said, adding that they hoped the tens of thousands of pages they were producing would be evidence of good faith.

My main concern is when it comes to Ferrer himself. If any legislative action is handed down I’m afraid he’ll just head back to The Netherlands where Backpage’s parent company is located, and where Ferrer helps run other sex sites that are even less subtle than Backpage. However, this now oft-repeated quote continues to make my day…

Backpage lawyer Liz McDougall declined to comment.

As always though, you shouldn’t count out Backpage just yet. They have more lives than the proverbial cat, and if history is any indicator, greed is a powerful motivator for evil to survive.

Backpage granted temporary stay by Supreme Court

Backpage granted temporary stay from Supreme Court

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer

In my previous post about Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer, I mentioned that it would be more difficult for Backpage to appeal to the Supreme Court after being ordered by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to turn over their internal records to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Not surprisingly, that didn’t stop Ferrer and Backpage from filing an appeal with the US Supreme Court today, who granted them a temporary stay. In the ruling the court gave Senate lawyers until the 9th to respond.

Once again, like the scoundrel and coward that he is, Ferrer is trying to hide behind the First Amendment claiming that the ads Backpage hosts for prostitution are protected speech. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the First Amendment was crafted so that a free press could question the government without fear of reprisal. It wasn’t meant for shady businessmen to make profits from those who peddle other human beings in the sex trade.

Hopefully logic and basic human decency will prevail and Backpage will lose this appeal as well. If that does happen, it will be interesting to see if Backpage attempts to defy an order from the Supreme Court.

Backpage loses latest bid to keep records private

Backpage loses latest bid to keep records private

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer

The last we heard from Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer, he was ordered to turn over all of Backpage’s records to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Instead of doing that, Backpage was given a stay to make a case for themselves. Backpage has always claimed that the First Amendment protects them from prosecution as their ads for prostitution are protected speech. Earlier today, the appeals court lifted that stay saying that Backpage’s free speech argument was lacking. That means that Backpage has 10 days to turn over all their records to the Senate subcommittee. This must have been a great blow to Backpage as their mouthpiece, attorney Liz McDougall, refused to comment on whether or not Backpage will appeal to the Supreme Court for another stay, which the Cleveland.com article says is more difficult to obtain. While I wish this was the end of the story, don’t count Backpage out yet. They’ve survived some pretty drastic measures against them, like not being able to accept credit card payments. They may be devious enough to pull another trick out of their collective hats.

However, if this is the beginning of the end for Backpage, don’t shed a tear for them. This is not a blow against a free press, this is a victory for all the girls and women who have suffered at the hands of pimps and traffickers that advertised their victims on Backpage.

Backpage ordered to comply with Congressional investigation

Backpage ordered to comply with Congressional investigation

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer

I wish I hadn’t put off blogging for so long, because it turns out this story is kind of time sensitive.

This past Friday, a federal judge gave Backpage just 10 days to turn over documentation requested by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. This is the subcommittee that has been investigating Backpage’s alleged role in the sex trafficking of women and children on its website. Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer has argued that the Senate’s investigation violates Backpage’s right to free speech and violates due process. The judge disagreed in her ruling and gave Backpage to the 15th to submit the requested documentation.

It will be interesting to see how Backpage reacts since their strategy up to this point has been to run and hide. When Ferrer was subpoenaed to appear before congress last year, his reaction was to simply not show up claiming business matters in Amsterdam were more pressing. This led to the Senate holding Backpage in contempt and being the first entity in 20 to be sued by the Senate.

I don’t know if I can wait to see what Backpage has up their sleeve this time. If this is any indication…

Backpage attorney Elizabeth McDougell declined to comment.

…then Backpage may finally be out of tricks.

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.