Earlier this month 22-year-old Guillaume Thomas was ordered held on $1M bond for allegedly prostituting an underage girl on Backpage in the Chicago suburb of Lansing, Illinois. Not a lot of details on this one but reports say that Thomas has been charged with involuntary sexual servitude of a minor and trafficking in persons. I can only imagine what atrocities this assclown committed in order to get such a high bond.
The good news, if there is any, out of this arrest is that this happened in Cook County. If you’ll recall the Cook County Sheriff’s Office was one of the most proactive opponents of craigslist’s erotic services section and in my opinion were a major part of getting it shut down. The sheriff’s office has stated that they are in the process of trying to make a case against Backpage. I can only hope that they are successful where other law enforcement agencies and legislatures have failed.
That not-so-hot mess up there is 20-year-old Jacqueline Clark of Muncie, Indiana. She was arrested in Lansing, Michigan for promoting juvenile prostitution. It seems that Ms. Clark transported a 17-year-old girl from Muncie to Lansing which is a 200+ mile trip and it crosses state lines. She is also accused of advertising the minor girl on…wait for it…you might be surprised…ok you won’t be..the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.
This brings us two interesting points. Women are just as capable, and sometimes even more capable, as men when it comes to the sex trafficking of others.
Secondly, and this is becoming an ad nauseam point to say the least, once again we have a minor slipping through backpage’s multi-million dollar screening process which in my opinion is about as thorough as an age check at the former Neverland Ranch.
You are not fooling anybody backpage. The only advantage that you have is that most of the public are uninformed of your practices. It’s my goal to change that even if it has to be one person at a time.