Recently police in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rescued a 14-year-old girl who was being turned out on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com. The teen had been reported missing from a youth facility almost a year ago when she was 13. They received a tip that there were pictures of the girl on backpage.
Police set up a sting where they found the girl and arrested 36-year-old William Miller and 22-year-old Danielle Gianoni. Miller is the alleged pimp who is said to have told police that he had also been having sex (child rape) with the girl for several weeks. The girl said it was more like several months. Gianoni was also being pimped by Miller and by some accounts from the articles I would bet she was teaching the girl on how to be a pro. Miller was charged with statutory sexual assault, sexual abuse of children, sexual exploitation of children, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, promoting prostitution, conspiracy and possessing instruments of crime. Backpage will probably try to tell you that Miller is just an advocate of free speech.
Seriously though this is who backpage is making money off of, 14-year-old girls that are being turned out by predators like Miller. They use this money to prop up a series of dying newspapers. And they say that shutting down the adult section of backpage would be a violation of free speech. It doesn’t matter if the basic rights of freedom of the people being trafficked on their site are being violated though.
Gutenberg is rolling in his grave.
Thanks to Lori for the tip.