The family of Amy Ahonen has said that Amy’s remains have been found in two separate parts of the Denver area. She went missing back in 2011 under mysterious circumstances.
At the time of her disappearance Amy’s sister said that Amy placed an ad for a roommate on craigslist and that a guy who responded to the ad made her fear for her safety. Since that time I have not heard whether or not police have investigated that avenue. So far no arrests have been made in Amy’s disappearance.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Amy’s family and friends.
The article I linked to is from Westword which is the Denver arm of the Village Voice Media propaganda machine. In it they detail the human trafficking atrocities committed by one Hassan Mayo.
Mayo recently pleaded guilty to trafficking and was sentenced to 16 years. His most heinous offense was selling a woman to another pimp for $400 after he didn’t get his $600 asking price. Police got to Mayo when the woman he sold was busted during a sting that was conducted through, you guessed it, the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com. That’s even noted in the Westword article. What gets me is the ‘disclaimer’ that Westword included after mention that tidbit.
Backpage.com supports the prosecution of individuals who misuse the site for illegal activity.
They say this for two reasons. The first one is because it’s good PR, if there is such a thing. The second is becuase they already have the money they made from the ad by the time the pimp is arrested. I seriously doubt that money is given back or even donated after one of them turns out to be used for illegal activity.
So since backpage and VVM make money off these ads for illegal services, i.e. the sex trafficking of women and children, doesn’t that make them pimps by proxy? So they’re all for prosecuting someone who makes money from prostitution except themselves. Then it’s a ‘free speech’ issue all of a sudden.
Notice what they don’t support is removing the adult section of backpage. That would go much further in slowing human trafficking in this country than prosecuting the odd pimp that’s caught through backpage. But if they did that they’re dying medium would collapse. Village Voice Media is allowing the trafficking of women and children on backpage just so they can sell a few newspapers basically stating that the women and kids who are trafficked on their sites aren’t worth the cost of a paper.
I originally posted about Dallas Colby Cardenas of the Denver area here. Back in 2010 he was indicted for prostituting a 17-year-old girl on craigslist. He also had sex with her in order to groom her for the ‘profession’. This week he was sentenced to 8 years in prison for trafficking a child. That sentence is a joke.
Pimps should be given automatic life sentences. More often than not they’re also guilty of rape, violent assaults and false imprisonment. For the 19-year-old Cardenas this will be a walk in the park until he’s out of jail.
Not to mention that while it’s not as prolific as it once was trafficking and prostitution is still happening on craigslist mostly on casual encounters but as usual craigslist chooses to do nothing about it.
Amy Ahonen of Denver, Colorado has been missing since July 8th. Her car was found abandoned on the roadside with her purse, phone and keys still in the car. Now one of her family members is afraid it may be because of a man who Amy met on craigslist.
Amy’s sister says that Amy placed an ad on craigslist looking for a roommate. A man who replied is said to have scared Amy so much that Amy took down the ad. She is also asking police to find this guy.
Again I have to recommend to people not to use craigslist for roommates because it’s not the happy friendly hippie community it once was. For the past 5 years I’ve been chronicling about how it is filled with criminals, con men and predators.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Amy’s friends and family in hopes that she’s found safely.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is being urged to call the Denver Police Department at 720-913-2000.
19-year-old Dallas Colby Cardenas and 23-year-old Ryan Keith Jenkins have been indicted by on running a prostitution ring on craigslist in the Denver area.
Cardenas is said to be the mastermind behind the ring and that he not only forced a 17-year-old girl into prostitution but that he forced her to have sex with him in order to groom her for prostitution.
These acts allegedly took place while the adult services section was open showing that at the time craigslist’s steps to prevent child prostitution and trafficking on their site were not all that effective. Backpage should take a hint.
6 people in Denver, Colorado have been charged with child prostitution, 4 for trafficking and 2 for soliciting. Not surprisingly but quietly (in the media anyway) this took place on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com
The girl is a 17-year-old runaway who was trafficked by 32-year-old David Glenn Abney, 28-year-old Chrystal Terbush, 19-year-old Tevin Willis and 19-year-old Daivean Shields.
Vincent Thomas, 44, and John Mark Campbell, 42, have been arrested for allegedly paying for sex with the girl.
Again, it’s not just craigslist that is facilitating child prostitution and human trafficking.
24-year-old Matthew Bynum of Denver, Colorado was arrested last week for trying to lure two 14-year-old girls over vampirefreaks.com. Bynum allegedly sent the girls inappropriate pictures of himself and his girlfriend and told the girls he wanted to have a threesome.
Bynum had already been arrested in another case which he’s accused of sexually assaulting two other girls.
Let’s keep him locked up for a while ok? This way we won’t have another Scott Shefelbine.