Police in Anchorage, Alaska have arrested 4 men charged with having some kind of sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy.
20-year-old Brandin Carpenter is said to have been a family friend of the boy and has been charged with sexually assaulting him.
23-year-old Samuel Bair was arrested after soliciting the boy for sex over craigslist. The boy is said to have placed an ad on craigslist for sex.
26-year-old Yasin Soofizadeh and 49-year-old Nathan Merkel were arrested after they allegedly responded to ads placed by police posing as the boy. This leads me to believe that these two possibly could have previously abused the boy and police posed as the boy to fish them out. That is purely speculation on my part, however.
But this story goes to show two things. The first is where were this boy’s parents to allow him to post on craigslist? I don’t blame the boy for posting on craigslist because I would bet that he was initially corrupted into that lifestyle by his so-called family friend. Secondly again where was the so-called community policing by craigslist? If this was posted in either the personals or the casual encounters section why was the ad not flagged by the community? It’s because the community doesn’t care about 14-year-old boys unless they’re shopping for one.
As I keep harping craigslist has a long way to go in cleaning itself up.