28-year-old Eugene Andre Young and 25-year-old Claude Anthony Hutchinson have been charged in Pierce County, Washington with prostituting a 16-year-old girl on the Village Voice Media disowned Backpage.com.
The victim met the pair on a bus who told them they would cash a check for her. Instead, they allegedly took her to a motel, took the usual explicit pictures of her and sold her on Backpage. The victim states she did what they told because they beat another girl who wouldn’t do what they asked of her. She escaped them then eventually went back to them because her mother didn’t want her.
A second victim states that Young beat her and raped her for refusing to work for Young.
How in any logical way is Backpage not partially responsible for this? If there were a brick and mortar business, for example, let’s use a bar, and a prostitution ring was being run out of the business but the owner was not running the ring but was being paid to keep his mouth shut. Wouldn’t the bar owner be held criminally responsible? So why not the scum running Backpage? Only an idiot would believe that there is no prostitution and trafficking being advertised on their site.
UPDATE 3/24/2014: Hutchinson was sentenced to 15 to life while Young got 20 years, 10 months.