Brockett Lang, age not mentioned, was arrested by the FBI and Sullivan County detectives in Tennessee, for allegedly prostituting a 15-year-old girl on Backpage. Lang was charged with trafficking a child for a commercial sex act, which under a new law is a felony carrying a possible 12 year sentence. If there’s any good news to come from this story is that the girl was not being treated as a criminal and is being treated as a victim.
Even though Backpage may be in its financial and legal death throes that doesn’t mean that the problem of children being prostituted on their site has gone away. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention that once again this is taking place not only in major urban markets, but as this and many other stories point out, it’s also taking place in small towns and rural areas. This isn’t a niche crime, it’s occurring everywhere and it’s a problem that demands all of our attention.