34-year-old Jamin L. Harris of Oregon, was arrested yesterday in Richland, Washington, for allegedly firing off a rifle round in a local motel. The reason Harris fired off the shot was to allegedly intimidate the 26-year-old prostitute he got from Backpage into going to the Bend, Oregon area with him. Harris is said to have gotten into a dispute with the victim over payment, but was intent on kidnapping the woman then killing her once they got near Bend. He sounds like either a serial killer in the making, or a serial killer who’s been lucky up until now.
Those who are proponents of prostitution like to claim that websites like Backpage make it safer for women to engage in sex work. My opinion is that Backpage has the opposite effect. It literally delivers the victim for any potential predator or killer right to their door. If anything Backpage just makes it easier for these cretins to find victims.
Earlier this month 54-year-old Oak Harbor, Washington, police officer, John Little, was charged in Federal Court for allegedly receiving child porn through the mobile messaging app Kik. Reports say that Little received explicit images from a 13-year-old girl in New Mexico who was said to be sending out the images of her own volition. I can hear the ‘entrapment’ birds already. However, not only could Little have rejected the alleged offer for pictures, he didn’t have to allegedly send the girl pictures of his junk in return. He also reportedly admitted to the FBI that he knew the girl was underage.
This was a man who had been a police officer for almost 30 years. While police are human and are prone to mistakes themselves, they do need to be held to a higher standard since they are the ones who we are entrusting to help protect our children from such predators.
Also, this should serve as another reason why parents need to observe their kids’ smart phone or tablet activity when it comes to Kik. No parent wants to find out that their teenager is sending out explicit images to middle-aged strangers.
Police in the state of Washington, received over a thousand responses after posting ads on craigslist that purported to be offering children for sex. One of the ads was entitled “New to Spokane. Young fam fun.” Out of those thousand responses police managed to arrest 40 people who were looking to basically rape children. Only two of those arrested were registered sex offenders. Even a married couple was arrested where the husband allegedly claimed that his wife had fantasies of having sex with a child but never had the opportunity.
The number of responses to these fake ads show that there are obviously real ads on craigslist where children are being traded for sex. It is well within craigslist’s power to do something about these ads but they continue to fail to do so. Not only are there software solutions to this problem, but there are companies that specialize in moderating this kind of content. In the past craigslist has banned ads for unlocked iPhones when that was still frowned upon but continues to do nothing about the obvious sexual predators that inhabit their site.
The problem is that even with all the bad publicity that craigslist receives for being a blatant repository for the child sex trade, it hasn’t cost the company any money. People still continue to use the site supporting it financially and unfortunately I don’t know what it would take to get people to stop. If child rape isn’t enough to make them quit then I don’t know what is.
39-year-old Christopher Johnston of Ferndale, Washington, was recently arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from a 12-year-old girl he met through craigslist. Johnston is said to have placed an ad on craigslist that said he was looking for a “young lady to spoil.” Johnston was caught near the Canadian border on his bicycle. He was reportedly on his way to meet the girl in Abbotsford, British Columbia. According to Google maps that’s a 30 mile jaunt on a bike. Why is it that a lot of these guys never seem to have cars? As you can probably tell the 12-year-old girl was actually an undercover investigator.
Once again the police are doing the job that craigslist should be doing but since they refuse to monitor their own site incidents like this will continue. Not to mention again that the so-called community police of craigslist are largely useless.
Three teens from Lakebay, Washington, ages 13. 14, and 17, are accused of allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl. The trio reportedly got the girl drunk in a shed on property of the victim’s family. Once the girl lost consciousness they are said to have tied her legs with an electrical cord and dragged her around the shed before raping her. They are also said to have burned a smiley face on to her body using a lighter. Video clips and still images of the attack were taken and sent out over Snapchat.
I’m not exactly sure what the Washington state law is when it comes to charging these little bastards as adults but they should be. If you don’t believe they should let me leave you with some additional information about their depravity…
When the mother approached the shed, she saw the 13-year-old and 17-year-old leap out a window and run. The 14-year-old was still inside the shed.
The victim was curled on the floor, half naked and covered in blood. Her sweatpants had been ripped off.
The day after the assault, the 13-year-old and the 17-year-old ran into the mother of the victim at a coffee shop and stopped to ask how her daughter was.
The older boy told the mom “that if he got in trouble for what happened in the shed, he would go after her family and he would kill her,” documents state.
So what’s a little witness intimidation on top of a rape that was broadcast all over the internet? These are not boys being boys but boys committing one of the most personally violating crimes one could commit. Charge them as adults, convict them and put them away for the rest of their lives.
A woman told police Nov. 23 that a man raped and robbed her at a motel in the 2100 block of South 48th Street.
She initially said she had just met the man and brought him to her room, where he pulled a razor knife and held it to her neck as he raped her. She said she met the man through a dating website, but eventually told police she was an escort, and that they’d met through Backpage.com.
Another woman told police she was attacked Jan. 9 at a motel near Tacoma Mall Boulevard and South 66th Street.
She said she was a prostitute, and that she set up a meeting that night with a man who responded to her ad on Backpage.com.
Once inside the room, he put a folding knife to her throat and said: “We can do this the easy way or hard way,” and asked where the money was.
The woman said she didn’t have any, and he started to take off her clothes. That’s when she gave him the $70 she had on her, and he proceeded to rape her, holding a knife to her stomach with one hand, and choking her with the other.
Hayes was later arrested in Gulfport, Mississippi, where he was allegedly robbed another Backpage prostitute at gunpoint.
No woman deserves to be raped regardless if their profession whether or nit that profession is legal or illegal. However some sex workers will try to tell you that site like Backpage make it safer for them than walking the streets. That is inherently false as not only do these attacks continue through Backpage but it makes it easy for rapists to have their victims delivered to them like they were ordering a pizza,
Davis is said to have taken out an ad on craigslist for what the local media is calling ‘a romantic housekeeping arrangement’ which sounds like a roommate with benefits situation to me. Gonzalez was allegedly being thrown out by Davis after an argument. It’s unknown if that was the motive for the murder but Gonzalez allegedly strangled Davis before stealing his car and fleeing the state. Gonzalez was later captured in California.
The reason I don’t consider this what the media would normally refer to as a ‘craigslist killing’ is because as far as I can tell Gonzalez did not use craigslist specifically to find a murder victim. It sounds like that Gonzalez had been there a while before deciding to murder Davis. A crime like this has happened before in Florida where 24-year-old Latoya Jordan stabbed 53-year-old Daniel Somerson to death. Jordan was living with Somerson for a while after responding to a roommate ad on craigslist. Conversely though, 21-year-old Grant Van Muren killed Charles Clark of Naperville, Illinois, the day he moved in after responding to a craigslist ad. In the case of Clark’s murder it seemed that Van Muren was only searching for a victim and had no intentions of staying.
No disrespect is intended towards Mr. Davis as I hope that his killer is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
43-year-old Joanna Olson of Longview, Washington, was recently indicted on charges of child molestation and child porn. Olson allegedly molested a 2-year-old girl and shared the images with her boyfriend, 38-year-old Antonio Boleware of San Diego, aka Tony Papabear. More like Tony Pedobear, but I digress.
Boleware then allegedly shared the images on Kik with an undercover FBI agent…
Writing in court papers, a Vancouver-based FBI agent said another Kik user sent the undercover officer videos of Olson exposing and sexually abusing a 2-year-old girl. The other user said Olson had agreed he could “breed” with the girl.
“She’s always been an fantasy pedo mom,” the other Kik user said in a chat with the undercover officer, according to charging papers. “I just made it real for her.”
Not surprising in the least Boleware is a registered sex offender whose previous charges involved children.
What is always surprising is why any woman would willingly molest not just a child, but if Boleware is to believed, her own child to please a boyfriend? I have to ask this every time I post a story like this because it’s just so unfathomable to me. This is worse than when someone refuses to leave an abusive relationship because their significant other says that they love them. It’s much worse because they’re inflicting horrific and scarring abuse on an innocent child by someone whose main duty is supposed to be to protect them.
If you believe a child is being sexually abused call your local police or contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s CyberTipline at 1 (800) 843-5678 or cybertipline.com.
Back in 2012, three women who were prostituted on Backpage while underage filed a lawsuit against the website in the state of Washington. For three years I hadn’t heard any updates about the lawsuit. I just assumed it was dismissed like similar lawsuits have been in the past. I’m glad I was wrong.
Earlier today the State Supreme Court of Washington ruled that the lawsuit against Backpage can proceed. Previously lawsuits like this have been dismissed because of the Federal Communications Decency Act of 1996. That act, which is antiquated in internet time in my opinion, basically says that a website is not responsible for the content that its users may post on it. However, in their ruling the court said that the case can proceed because there may be evidence that Backpage had a hand in creating the content.
The lawsuit filed in Pierce County Superior Court claimed Backpage.com markets itself as a place to sell “escort services” but actually provides pimps with instructions on how to write an ad that works.
Between the lawsuit proceeding and taking a hit in the wallet after the credit card companies cut ties with them it looks like Backpage may finally be beginning to reap what they have sown.
Normally I don’t like to post stories where the suspects have not been named however this one is so horrid that it needs to be shared.
Recently a 56-year-old man from Marysville, Washington, allegedly admitted to advertising his 6-year-old daughter on craigslist for others to molest. He’s also accused of raping his stepdaughter as well and also faces child porn charges for allegedly recording his step-daughter being molested by someone else. Investigators say that the man may have posted 190 craigslist ads for the girl. One woman in Texas is said to have made arrangements with the man to molest the girl’s daughter.
Where was mom you ask? You should know better by now. Mom was allegedly in on it and is facing child rape and child porn charges as well. Investigators say she can be seen in one video playing on her phone while her daughter is being molested.
This is going on through craigslist all the time. For every one of these scumbags that are caught it makes me wonder how many are out there doing this with impunity. This jackhole allegedly posted close to 200 ads. It doesn’t sound like too many of them were flagged by craigslist community policing. Then again when you’re community consists of so many pedophiles how much policing is really getting done?