(Story broke 6/21/2017)
Back in December, I originally posted about the murder of 16-year-old Desiree Robinson. She was allegedly murdered by 32-year-old Antonio Rosales, who responded to her ad on Backpage requesting that she join him at a party in Markham, Illinois. He reportedly beat her and slit her throat after he didn’t have enough money to pay her. At the time of that post I said her pimp should also be charged since, in my opinion, he’s equally as culpable in Desiree’s death. While he hasn’t been charged with her murder, 33-year-old Joseph Hazley of Chicago, has been charged in federal court with sex trafficking of a minor.
Hazley was also allegedly prostituting a 19-year-old the same time he was turning out Desiree on Backpage. At one point, according to the unidentified 19-year-old, he made her watch him and Desiree ‘having sex’ and after Desiree died he asked the other girl to come back to work for him, saying, “Now that she’s gone, I got no money coming in.” Hazley is looking at 10 to life in federal prison. Here’s hoping it’s closer to life than it is to 10.
There’s a whole lot of ‘not caring’ in this tragic story. Rosales obviously didn’t care about the life of Desiree Robinson. Neither did Hazley except when it came to making money. Most importantly Backpage doesn’t care that 16-year-old girls are being peddled on their website as long as the pimps continue to pay for the ads. Desiree did have a family that cared for her and they still do. They’re currently suing Backpage for allowing Desiree to be prostituted. While most of these lawsuits have failed in the past, lawsuits like this may be successful in the future due to the Congressional investigation that found Backpage was editing their ads to make them appear less criminal.
UPDATE 7/6/2017: Hazley has been denied bond.