One of the arguments I keep hearing in defense of Backpage and their ads for prostitution is that the girls are safer online than they are on the streets. But are they really?
Police in Tampa, Florida, have arrested 19-year-old Ikeem Alonzo Taylor and 20-year-old Corey Terrell Coleman for the alleged rape and robbery of two women who were advertising on Backpage as escorts. Taylor is said to have raped and robbed the women and gunpoint while Coleman acted as his driver.
It sounds like these women may have been ‘independent contractors’ but God forbid if either of them had pimps. Do you think that the pimps would care if they lost money because they were raped? If anything they’d probably face additional violence from the pimp and this is the cycle of violence that Backpage perpetuates by keeping the adult section open. It’s not free speech that Backpage is really worried about, it’s their blood money.
24-year-old Austin Hamilton of Tampa, Florida was recently arrested for the beating death of his girlfriend’s one-year-old son, Sincere Williams. A coroner’s report said that Sincere died from blunt force trauma to the abdomen. Hamilton allegedly confessed to police that he struck Sincere ten times with a belt and dropped him on his head after Sincere urinated on him during a diaper change.
I was spared diaper changes since my (step)kids were out of diapers when I got married. However my dad told me that I was quite the surprise geyser when I was in diapers. Considering my dad was not the most calm man I ever knew how much rage did Hamilton have to possess in order to do that to one-year-old child? He would have had to have either taken off his belt or gone to get a belt before striking the child which for most people would have been enough time to give them pause about what they were about to do. Also Hamilton had a child from a previous relationship so I doubt this was a new experience for him.
Sincere’s mother was working at the time of the beating. The couple had known each other for years and she thought Hamilton would be fine with the children since he had children of his own. However Hamilton in the past has been charged with battery, domestic violence and had been investigated by CPS. All charges were dropped but you have to think that sometimes where there’s smoke there’s a raging inferno of a forest fire sometimes.
There’s nothing wrong with screening the background of your significant other. It may save your children’s lives and yours. One possible service is instantcheckmate.com which has an A- rating by the Better Business Bureau although your results may vary. You may also want to contact your local police or courts for records availability.
Thanks to Jaz for the tip and CW for the assist.
(In the interest of transparency I received no compensation for any service mentioned in this post.)
27-year-old Jesse Lewis had an interesting way of getting women to allegedly prostitute for him. According to Tampa police at least on one occasion he choked and beat a homeless woman, made her call him ‘daddy’ then advertised her on Backpage. Lewis was said to have kept all the money made by the woman.
The victim was able to escape Lewis after he fell asleep. Most women in her situation are not so lucky.
According to reports Lewis tried defending himself that he finds promiscuous women but doesn’t get involved in how they make money. That’s because they don’t make any money because he keeps it all. Either that or he just beats homeless women for fun.
So the next time you ‘hobbyists’ go on about consenting adults try to keep this story in mind. This is the rule and not the exception. Also, do I need to mention that Backpage continues to make money off of cretins like this? I will keep mentioning it until it stops.
25-year-old Pasquale Holt pleaded guilty to prostituting children at the 2009 Super Bowl in Tampa on craigslist. His cohort, 31-year-old Manuel A. Walcott, was convicted last week. Both are looking at 10 to life in federal prison.
At the time of their arrests they were prostituting an 18-year-old and a 14-year-old who said that she was 17.
More than likely the sentence will be closer to 10 years than life which is still a joke. These child trafficking scum need to be at least sentenced to a mandatory life sentence. Not to mention that craigslist still turns a blind eye to the child prostitution that takes place on their site.