22-year-old Anthony Antonio Hayes is accused of allegedly raping and robbing two prostitutes in Tacoma, Washington, that he met through Backpage. He recently had his bail set at $5 million.
A woman told police Nov. 23 that a man raped and robbed her at a motel in the 2100 block of South 48th Street.
She initially said she had just met the man and brought him to her room, where he pulled a razor knife and held it to her neck as he raped her. She said she met the man through a dating website, but eventually told police she was an escort, and that they’d met through Backpage.com.
Another woman told police she was attacked Jan. 9 at a motel near Tacoma Mall Boulevard and South 66th Street.
She said she was a prostitute, and that she set up a meeting that night with a man who responded to her ad on Backpage.com.
Once inside the room, he put a folding knife to her throat and said: “We can do this the easy way or hard way,” and asked where the money was.
The woman said she didn’t have any, and he started to take off her clothes. That’s when she gave him the $70 she had on her, and he proceeded to rape her, holding a knife to her stomach with one hand, and choking her with the other.
Hayes was later arrested in Gulfport, Mississippi, where he was allegedly robbed another Backpage prostitute at gunpoint.
No woman deserves to be raped regardless of their profession whether or not that profession is legal or illegal. However some sex workers will try to tell you that site like Backpage make it safer for them than walking the streets. That is inherently false as not only do these attacks continue through Backpage but it makes it easy for rapists to have their victims delivered to them like they were ordering a pizza.
UPDATE 5/19/2017: Hayes was sentenced to at least 25 years. After the 25 years, it will be up to the state to determine if and when Hayes could be released.