“They are child victims and survivors of rape,” McDonnell wrote in a letter to his employees. “We must remember that children cannot consent to sex under any circumstance.”
This is actually kind of a big deal considering the massive amount of square mileage that the LASD has jurisdiction over. Just the unincorporated parts of L.A. County covers 4,083 square miles.
Sheriff McDonnell goes on to say…
McDonnell said that he has instructed his employees to stop using the terms “child prostitute” and “underage prostitution.”
Using those terms, McDonnell said, strips responsibility from the traffickers and the people who pay to have sex with children.
“Buyers,” he said, “should be viewed as child molesters and predators.”
I couldn’t agree more. The only problem is that historically the punishment for the johns hasn’t been harsh enough to effectively curtail the demand. To make this an ideal situation new legislation for increased sentencing would be needed to go along with this much-needed view on the underage victims of sex trafficking.
29-year-old David J. Anderson of Yakima, Washington has not only been charged in King County for allegedly prostituting a 14-year-old girl on the Village Voice Media owned Backpage.com but he’s also been charged with raping the girl as well.
When Anderson was arrested by the King County Sheriff’s Office he allegedly used the “I thought she was 19” defense when Sheriffs say that the girl obviously appears to be underage.
First I have to commend the Seattle Post Intelligencer for not only using the word rape in their headline and article but also using the word rent in their headline. That’s was sex trafficking comes down to, rent and rape. Not only do these pimps and traffickers usually rape the girls that work for them but they also rent them out to be raped by anyone willing to fork over the cash.
But continue being part of the ‘solution’ Backpage, you’re doing a hell of a job.
Alleged members of Atlanta-based gang Da M.O.B. are accused of raping and prostituting girls as young as 14. They allegedly used the Village Voice Media owned Backpage.com to turn out the girls.
Those charged are Fabian Terran Murray, Joshua Thomas Hill, Richard Douglas King, Clinton Saintvil, and Jonathan Christopher Branch. All five have been federally indicted and all five have pleaded not guilty.
Authorities allege that they met two 14-year-old girls took them to a hotel room where they were raped before turning them out on Backpage to be raped by other men for money. It’s also alleged that one of them beat and choked another 14-year-old who refused to work for them. A 16-year-old victim claims that she was beaten daily and held against her will, She also claims that she was shot at when she tried to escape. She says that she was raped as well.
What’s not being talked about in this story is Backpage itself. They claim they have all these safeguards in effect and that all ads are reviewed fir illegalities yet somehow women and children are still being trafficked. Not only trafficked but held against their will, raped and shot at. Yet Backpage still refuses to shut down the adult section and claims that they’re helping stop sex trafficking. They could stop a lot more by shutting down the adult section but then they’re precious outdated print media business would be in danger of going bankrupt.
Dead behind the eyes meth face up there is 29-year-old Meranda L. Warborg of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She’s been charged with assisting others in prostituting two teenage runaways on the Village Voice Media owned Backpage.com.
The girls, ages 15 and 17, ran away from Eau Claire Wisconsin and met a guy named ‘E’ when they got to Minneapolis who started pimping them out. The girls were supplied with drugs and had explicit photos taken of them so they could be turned out on Backpage. This is beginning to be so repetitive in these stories I could write up a script that would type the same sentence and all I would have to change are the names and locations.
Police say that Warborg is not the pimp but rather an accomplice to whoever was turning these girls out. As far as I know their pimp has not yet been apprehended.
Along with many other cities and states Minneapolis has called on Backpage to shut down the adult section of their site but they just continue to act like they’re part of the solution and not the problem.
Speaking of Backpage, Washington and lawsuits, because we were you know, three teenage girls from Washington State are suing the Village Voice Media owned Backpage.com. The suit alleges that Backpage did little or nothing to prevent the girls from being sold for sex on their website. Basically Backpage has a button that says ‘click if you’re 18’. Yeah, that works. Two of the girls suing were 13 when they were sold on Backpage, the other was 15.
One of their pimps I’ve blogged about before. Baruti Hopson found the 15-year-old girl as a runaway before turning her out on Backpage. He raped her and kept all her money keeping her in sexual slavery to him.
Of course no lawsuit involving Backpage wouldn’t be complete without their head legal weasel and corporate whore, Liz McDougall chiming in. Settle in folks. It’s a long one.
Seattle attorney Liz McDougall, general counsel for Backpage’s corporate owners, said the lawsuit will not pass legal muster and is barred by federal law.
McDougall offered sympathy for the young women.
I wonder if she offered sympathy while counting the money she made from Backpage that was made off of these girls? But I digress…
“The commercial sexual exploitation of children is an abhorrence in our society,” she said. “It is appalling as a street crime and it is appalling as an Internet crime,” McDougall wrote in an e-mailed note.
“The stories of the girls identified in the complaint are tragedies. However, the commercial sex exploitation of children is an extremely complex problem on the streets and online, and it must be fought intelligently.
“Backpage.com is at the forefront of fighting it intelligently online with a triple-tier prevention system and an unparalleled law enforcement support system.”
It’s not complex at all. If Backpage shuts down the adult section it will decrease the number of women and children being trafficked nationwide. That was seen when craigslist shut down their erotic services section. As far as your triple layered prevention cake, it’s a lie. (See what I did there.) Joking aside my site is a testament to the fact their so-called preventions aren’t preventing shit. As far as your law enforcement support system being unparalleled I call bullshit on that as well because your system seems to be letting the cops handle all the pimps and sex traffickers while VVM props up a dying print industry on the victims of trafficking.
She finishes up by saying…
McDougall, attorney for Backpage, said shutting down the website won’t fix the problem.
“Unless the Internet is wholly shut down, the end result of the current strategy will be that our children are advertised through offshore websites who do not endeavor to prevent such activity,” she wrote.
Ah yes, the mystical ‘underground’ I keep hearing about. If it’s underground that means it’s not as prevalent in mainstream society as it is now. That would mean that there would be fewer victims of sex trafficking than there are now. Besides, law enforcement has plenty of experience in dealing with the underground. As for these ‘offshore sites’ she keeps referring to well thanks for giving the traffickers ideas and those sites wouldn’t have near the reach and publicity that Backpage does now.
At what point did you start believing your own lies Liz?
Earlier this month police in Kent, Washington arrested 44-year-old Altesa Bernice Turner and her 32-year-old boyfriend, Bernard Demond Watkins, for allegedly prostituting underage girls on the Village Voice Media owned Backpage.com.
Three of the girls were ages 15, 16 and 17. Police discovered that explicit photos of the 15-year-old girl had been taken and then placed on Backpage. Turner allegedly told police that a prepaid Visa card was used to place the ad.
You know, if Backpage just started refusing to take prepaid cards it would probably eliminate more than half the trafficking ads on their website, but they won’t. There’s profits to be had no matter how they get them. Then they have the gall to say that they’re actually helping these girls. As I’ve said many times before you can’t be both the problem and the solution.
25-year-old Giorgio J. Baymon and 24-year-old Brandon D. Barnes, both of St. Paul, were arrested for allegedly pimping out two underage girls in nearby Eagan, Minnesota on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.
The pair allegedly picked up a 17-year-old girl from her high school and took her to an Eagan motel with a 15-year-old runaway. There they met with some johns from Backpage. Friends of the enterprising pimps were allowed to trade weed for use of the girls. So these girls are someone’s daughters who are being violated in exchange for some blunts.
This is what our society has been reduced to, selling children into sex for drugs while so-called defenders of freedom say that this is a free speech issue for VVM. As I’ve said before the 13th Amendment shouldn’t be sacrificed for the First.
Police in Des Moines, Iowa discovered that a 16-year-old runaway girl from Oregon was allegedly being pimped out on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com. Arrested for this act was 22-year-old Atlantis Carter of Waukegan, Illinois and 24-year-old Erika Hart of Honolulu, Hawaii.
While I’m glad that a 16-year-old girl was hopefully rescued from this kind of life I don’t believe she should have been arrested. She is a victim in all this, she is not a criminal.
As an aside I’m sure Backpage’s mouthpiece Liz McDougall is horrified about this as she cashes her huge paychecks from VVM.
This article from the Miami Herald is about a 16-year-old girl at a foster home who was lured away and allegedly turned out on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com by Gregory Goellet Hodge Jr. That’s not what I want to talk to you about though. Once again the head legal weasel mouthpiece for Backpage and all around corporate whore, Liz McDougall, has opened up her gaping maw once again about how great Backpage is for stopping the sex trafficking of children.
Liz McDougall, general counsel for Village Voice Media, said the company screens ads in its adult section twice before they go up, once by a computer and once by a person, and a third time after the ads are published looking for signs of illegal activity. Once they’ve been notified of a law enforcement investigation, they immediately cooperate, she said.
In my opinion the ads are probably being screened by a TRS-80, an intern, then left to the non-existent community policing. I wonder how much money it takes to get Liz McDougall to believe her own lies? I can hardly go a week without posting about a minor girl who was being trafficked on Backpage. Just imagine how many more never make it to the news that are being peddled into sexual slavery under the watchful eye of Joey the creepy intern and his 30-year-old computer.
36-year-old Mickey Cupkie of Elko, Minnesota was recently arrested for allegedly paying to have sex with two minor girls that were advertised on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.
The girls were 16 and 17-year-old runaways. The girls were being investigated by Minneapolis police as victims of sex trafficking and they were able to determine that Cupkie was one of their customers. Police say that he admitted to knowing that the girls were “too young to be engaging in prostitution.” Apparently that didn’t stop him from getting his money’s worth.
This story brings up a few points. First the obvious ones. Backpage’s supposed screening process to keep kids off of their site is obviously not working no matter how much Liz McDougall wants you to think it is. Secondly, let’s call this crime what it is, paid child rape. When you use a child prostitute you’re basically paying to rape them. Lastly, we don’t see nearly enough stories about the johns who are raping these girls. Not only do they need to be named and shamed they need to be given stiff sentences with real jail time. Only when you make the risk not worth the reward will you be able to put a good-sized dent in child sex trafficking.