The Trench Reynolds Report

Without truth there is no justice

Monday, the 93-count indictment against seven Backpage employees was finally made public. As previously noted, Backpage co-founder Michael Lacey was already known to have been named in the indictment. What we know now is the remaining six people being indicted for various charges related to the Federal seizure of Backpage. One of the expected names …

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UPDATE 4/30/2018: Lacey and Larkin’s federal trial has been scheduled for January 2020. *** I’ve been behind in posting stories about the legal battles befalling Backpage, such as the passage of the SESTA/FOSTA bill that would amend section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. The legislation is worded so websites that knowingly facilitate …

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It’s highly debated whether or not a large event like the Super Bowl increases human trafficking and prostitution in the area where it’s held. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. For example, take 33-year-old Justin Beard, of Branson, Missouri. Beard was in Minneapolis in order to work some of the public events leading up to …

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Prostitution bust stemming from internet ads leads to two teens’ rescue from child sex trafficking: Lexington, South Carolina. India Tykeyeh Cuyler, 23, and Donnell Salethian Woodard, 29, are accused of allegedly coercing two 16-year-old girls into prostitution on Backpage. Mankato Police Seeking Help In Locating Suspects Involved In Robbery: Minnesota. Man was robbed while trying …

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Just because Backpage is embroiled in a legal battle for survival with the U.S. Congress doesn’t mean it’s still not a major avenue for the online sexual slavery of women and children. For example, 28-year-old Courtney D. Johnson was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee, for allegedly prostituting a 15-year-old runaway girl on Backpage. It wasn’t bad …

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Cloned iPhone X costs Chandler couple big: Arizona. OfferUp. Knock off iPhones being sold online are actually Android phones. You can read more about it here as well. Police: Teens shot attempting to steal during meetup to buy jewelry: San Antonio, Texas. OfferUp. They’ll live. Rural Brandon man arrested for apartment rental scam: Iowa. 43-year-old …

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28-year-old Martin Eddie Herrera has been in a Texas prison since 2007 on multiple aggravated robbery charges. Apparently, this hasn’t stopped him from running a criminal enterprise that deals in the trading of people. Using multiple cell phones that were smuggled into prison, Herrera was allegedly able to run a Backpage prostitution ring in San …

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In Brentwood, Tennessee, 22 men were arrested and indicted after a four-day sting involving child prostitution on Backpage. Two female agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) posed as girls, ages 14 and 16, being prostituted on Backpage. The 22 men who were arrested were said to be well aware of the age of …

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Previously, I’ve posted about how tech giants like Google opposed amending the Communications Decency Act of 1996. After the drubbing Google and Facebook took during last week’s Senate hearing about the Russian political ads debacle, they now have seemed to thrown their support behind the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act. This is the bill that …

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Recently, the FBI announced the outcome of a nationwide sex trafficking sting operation called Operation Cross Country XI. They were able to rescue 84 juveniles and arrest 120 people involved in sex trafficking. Of course, one of the sites they used during this operation was Backpage. One of the most disturbing aspects of the Operation …

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