19-year-old Afrikka Hardy is believed to have been the victim of alleged serial killer Darren Vann of Gary, Indiana. She was working as a prostitute out of nearby Chicago and was advertised on Backpage. However just because she was a prostitute doesn’t mean she deserved to be strangled to death by a serial sex offender who has allegedly confessed to killing at least 7 victims. She had family and loved ones who cared about her.
This is more blood splashed on the pages of Backpage since they facilitated the murder in my opinion but they’re not going to stop unless they’re forced to stop. Congress needs to get off its ass and update the archaic Communications Decency Act before there are more Afrikka Hardy’s. Backpage isn’t going to stop on its own while there is blood money to be made.
UPDATE 10/31/2014: Vann has pleaded not guilty.
UPDATE 4/27/2015: Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Vann.
UPDATE 3/8/2016: Vann has been charged with five more murders after leading police to the bodies of five additional women that he allegedly killed.
UPDATE 5/31/2016: Vann’s trial, which had been scheduled for July 25th, has been rescheduled for an unknown date. A hearing for the new trial date is set for August 19th. The defense requested the rescheduling stating they need more time to prepare.
UPDATE 4/25/2017: I don’t know why I didn’t post this back in January, but back then Vann entered into a plea deal which saw him sentenced to life without parole. There had been an argument about the constitutionality of Indiana’s death penalty but the state’s Supreme Court refused to hear the case.