Des Moines police find missing teen during prostitution sting:
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.
Police Arrest Alleged Prostitution Ringleader:
Des Moines police arrest alleged ringleader of prostitution ring:
Police in Des Moines, Iowa have arrested 25-year-old Maria Jansen for allegedly running a prostitution ring on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.
As I’m sure you can guess the twist in this story is that police have arrested an alleged female trafficker. It’s a rare occurrence on this site but it dies happen. While female traffickers may be a different stripe of pimp we should refer to them as pimps and not the more romanticized term of madam. They still use similar tactics that are employed by their male counterparts…
“We identified a person who preys on people who are at a bad time in their life,” said Sgt. Chris Scott. “It might be financial issues, it could be other issues and they’re on the edge.”
Just like male pimps female pimps will take advantage of someone’s downfall to sell them into sexual slavery.
Jansen is looking at 15 years behind bars if convicted. Unfortunately due to her gender she would probably serve even less time than the males of her criminal ilk do.
Meanwhile Backpage just continues to count their money they make off of sexual slavery.
Agents Rush Gas Station In Online Sex Sting:
Agents of the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force stormed a Des Moines gas station in order to arrest 53-year-old John Harryman of Norwalk, Iowa.
It seems that Harryman placed an ad on craigslist advertising his sexual services. Agents posing as a 14-year-old girl responded to Harryman’s ad.
Harryman allegedly sent the ‘girl’ explicit photos of himself and lingerie with instructions to keep the items away from her mother.
The agents set up a rendezvous at the gas station in order to arrest Harryman.
Again the article doesn’t say what the ad specifically said but from what I can discern it probably was fishing for underage girls. Which means that the ad was probably posted in the casual encounters section. So with the removal of the adult services section it seems that the pedophiles are now the leading criminal class on craigslist. Like I’ve said craigslist is far from clean. As long as the casual encounters section remains unmoderated at worst and removed at best there will be more of these stories.