30-year-old Akmal Saleem Karon of Minneapolis has been charged with prostituting a 16-year-old girl on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.
When caught in a sting by police the victim was covered in bruises. She told police that she met Karon when she was 15 and that he kept all her money. She also said that Karon would beat her and even burnt her with a cigar.
Karon is also charged with holding a 14-year-old girl against her will, beating her and forcing her to turn tricks. No word on if this girl was advertised on backpage but I wouldn’t doubt it.
Backpage will tell you that this is all ok if the girls were advertised on another site besides backpage while they count their mountains of cash.
UPDATE 2/2/2012: Turns out he raped the girls as well. But backpage is still ok with that.