SD pair plead guilty to backpage child prostitution

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31-year-old Megan Marie Hayes and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Brandon Quincy Thompson, have both pleaded guilty to their parts in running a child prostitution ring in Tea, South Dakota on the pages of the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.

Hayes is only looking at 5 years but Thompson is looking at 15 to life. Again I’d be surprised if Thompson’s sentence was closer to 15 than life. It seems that federal prosecutors are more concerned about making deals than doing anything real to stop child prostitution.

Backpage trafficker indicted on trying to kill witnesses

Tea man arrested for sex trafficking indicted for trying to have witnesses killed:

It seems that the victimless crime almost claimed another type of victim.

26-year-old Brandon Quincy Thompson is one of the people who got busted for backpage.com human trafficking and child prostitution in Tea, South Dakota. Now he’s been indicted for trying to have two of the witnesses against him killed. Considering the witnesses may be some of the kids that he pimped out that makes this ‘victimless’ crime even double heinous.

Again still no pressure from the media on the Village Voice media owned backpage.com.

Alleged human trafficker released to daddy’s custody

Tea woman accused in sex traffic ring released to father:

I originally posted about Megan Hayes here. Along with her boyfriend, Brandon Quincy Thompson, the pair from Tea, South Dakota have been federally charged with pimping out underage girls on  the Village Voice Media owned classified site Backpage. The pair is looking at life sentences for their alleged acts.

So it kind of puzzles me why Hayes was released into the custody of her father in Davenport, Iowa.

Hayes has no prior criminal history, and her father, brother and a neighbor from Tea testified that Hayes was a shy, reliable person who prefers staying home with pets to leaving the house.

I’m sorry but shy and reliable people don’t participate in child prostitution rings. I wouldn’t be surprised if she bolted while out on release.

Backpage could not be reached for comment

Sex trafficking case heats up online-ads flap:

This article is a follow-up about Brandon Quincy Thompson, 26, and his girlfriend Megan Marie Hayes, 30, of Tea, South Dakota who have been charged in federal court for sex trafficking on backpage. They pleaded not guilty in court this past week but that’s not what I want to talk about.

The article details the ‘changes’ that craigslist has gone through and also details one Philip Markoff who the media dubbed the craigslist killer. However I want to share a few quotes with you.

Backpage.com, a site based in Scottsdale, Ariz., and owned by Village Voice media, has yet to implement such changes. The site has 1.7 to 2.2 million unique page views each month. Representatives of the company did not return calls for comment.

Free-speech advocates argue for self-policing, saying too many ads are posted to expect forum owners to monitor each one.

“The notion is that the soapbox shouldn’t be held responsible for what the person on the soapbox says,” said Matt Zimmerman, a lawyer with the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Just because the law protects them doesn’t make it right. No matter what anybody says no one can tell me that craigslist and backpage aren’t at least partially responsible for the child prostitution and human trafficking that takes place on their sites. After all they do provide sections on their sites dedicated to it. They’re not called the human trafficking sections but they might as well be.

And all it would take is to remove some code from their websites.

SD couple charged with backpage child prostitution

Tea couple accused of sex trafficking involving underage girls:

Brandon Quincy Thompson, 26, and his girlfriend Megan Marie Hayes, 30, of Tea, South Dakota have been federally charged with pimping out underage girls on backpage. Thompson and Hayes are both looking at life sentences.

For once a media outlet is finally calling backpage to task and backpage is acting familiar…

We contacted the BackPage Web site by email as to why such ads were being allowed on the site since they appeared to violate the terms of agreement. We have received no answer from the company.

It sounds like Village Voice Media is taking a page out of the book of craigslist.