An 8-year-old girl from Detroit was tricked into sending nude pictures of herself over the livestreaming app Live.Me. The person who requested the pic has not been apprehended, however, he is said to have posed as 13-year-old boy in order to get the pictures.
While it’s reprehensible that any human being would ask for such things, it does show a greater problem when it comes to parenting in a digital age. The girl’s mother was not aware the girl had the app even though she says she regularly checks her daughter’s phone. I’ll leave current parents of young children to debate whether or not 8-years-old is an appropriate age for a child to have their own cell phone. Anyway, the girl’s mother said the girl only had the app on her phone for a day and a half and the mother also thought the app was just a game.
As I posted previously, according to Live.Me’s terms of service a user has to be at least 13 to use the app, but you have to be at least 18 to download it. There’s actually no way for Live.Me to enforce those terms. They’re basically there so Live.Me isn’t held liable in just such a situation.
If you’re a parent of today’s kids whose worlds revolve around their devices, you need to educate yourself on what apps are safe and which ones aren’t. You also need to know how to enable parental controls on your kids’ devices. Here are the instructions for Andorid devices, and here are the instructions for devices using Apple’s iOS. If you’re not technically inclined, it may seem like a daunting task to keep your children safe online, but isn’t it worth it to take the time to learn? Your kids’ safety may just depend on you taking the time.
Ryan Antoine Reynolds
In case you didn’t know, MocoSpace is a dating/chat/games app that is primarily geared toward the Latino and African-American communities. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the seedier social apps out there. That’s not an indictment on race, but an indictment on the app itself. In my opinion, it’s in the same vein as MeetMe, being little more than an online meat market.
Mocospace, really had its heyday during the MySpace years when it was more of a website than an app, and that’s when our story begins. In 2012, Ryan Antoine Reynolds, of Detroit, Michigan, was arrested for allegedly kidnapping and raping a woman he had met through MocoSpace. Police say Reynolds also robbed the woman and drove off after raping her. Reynolds was also accused of allegedly raping and robbing another woman in 2014 after dragging her off the street into his car.
The charges had been dismissed by prosecutors, but have recently been refiled. Prosecutors have been mysteriously quiet on why the charges have been refiled.
Just out of my own curiosity, I’m going to be keeping a special eye on this case and will post updates as they become available.
21-year-old Malik McCaster of Detroit, Michigan, is accused of allegedly forcing a 15-year-old runaway girl into prostitution on craigslist. Reports say he offered the girl a ride, but once she got in the car McCaster is said to have thrown her cell phone out the window and threatened to kill her if she tried to escape. He then took her to a relative’s home where he reportedly raped the girl and recorded himself doing so. McCaster also took explicit pictures of the girl and advertised her as a prostitute on craigslist. He is even said to have held a gun to her head in order to keep her from escaping. While at a motel, the victim was able to call 911 and escape. Police caught McCaster trying to flee the scene.
If all of this wasn’t bad enough, McCaster sent a letter to a judge asking to be released on bond while awaiting trial. In the handwritten letter McCaster claims he’s a good man who has a young daughter and siblings to take care of besides having a job and attending college. The icing on the cake, pun intended, was this…
McCaster will be celebrating his 22nd birthday on Aug. 31. Being released on bond would “be the best birthday a 21-year-old innocent man could ask for,” McCaster wrote.
He also claimed to be a “good man in a misunderstood situation.”
What’s to be misunderstood? The raping part or the forcing the underage girl to be raped by strangers while you collect the money? If you had all these responsibilities, maybe you should have thought of them before holding thid girl captive for days. Also, good men don’t sell children.
This story also shows prostitution and human trafficking are still alive and well on craigslist and will continue as long as craigslist refuses to moderate their site.
Richard Knider Jackson
67-year-old Richard Knider Jackson of Detroit is accused of prostituting women and at least two underage girls on Backpage. Jackson would allegedly get his victims hooked on heroin then turned them out on both the streets and Backpage. Police say that Jackson kept a locked iron gate on the second floor to keep his victims from escaping and others were kept captive in the basement. He also allegedly beat his victims and kept all their money. His victims are said to have included a 31-year-old woman, two 21-year-old women, and two underage girls ages 15 and 16. One of the adult victims was able to allow the two underage victims to escape. The two girls were still missing at the time that this story broke.
The FBI is currently looking for the two juveniles who escaped from the house. Anyone with information about the two juveniles or about Jackson’s sex trafficking operation is asked to call the FBI at 313-965-2323.
With the eventual dismissal of pimping charges against the operators of backpage, this will not only create more monsters like Jackson but it will embolden them as well. Nothing about this story is ‘right’ on any level. Backpage is not making it safer for prostitutes, there is no consenting in this story and some of the victims are not adults. But please keep telling me how a man building a prison in his house for women and girls, beating them regularly and getting them hooked on drugs so they could be raped by strangers is considered free speech.
Recently in Detroit authorities have been looking for a suspect who allegedly targeted an 11-year-old girl on mobile messaging app Kik among other possible victims. Instead of letting police do their job one member of a victim’s family allegedly took it upon themselves to hit a 19-year-old male with their car who they thought was the suspect. Detroit police say the man had nothing to do with the crime but that didn’t stop an actual mob from forming and ending up with a man being literally hit by a moving vehicle. Even if this man had happened to be the suspect this act would have more than likely damaged any kind of prosecution against him. Now as it stands members of the initial victim’s family could be facing criminal charges. Vigilantes are only cool in comic books and on TV, leave their actions there.
No word on if this man was first wrongly blamed on Facebook but I wouldn’t doubt it.
There’s been some conflicting information being put out by the media but from what I can tell two suspects were arrested last night in Oak Park, Michigan, but only one of them has been charged with the murder of Cynthia Worthy.
Police are not releasing a lot of details but they say the suspect has a criminal history and was on parole at the time of Ms. Worthy’s murder.
I’ll post more here as more details become available.
UPDATE: Previous reports were incorrect. Only one person was taken into custody. Still no further information on the suspect.
UPDATE 10/17/2015: The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Jerome Moore of Oak Park, Michigan. He was recently arraigned on first-degree murder charges in Cynthia Worthy’s murder.
UPDATE 3/23/2016: Jerome Moore has pleaded guilty to Cynthia Worthy’s murder and has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
There hasn’t been any news information in the ongoing investigation of Cynthia Worthy’s murder. If you’ll recall Ms. Worthy went missing this past Friday after leaving to meet a man from Backpage. Her body was recently found in a Detroit alley. According to the coroner’s report she had been stabbed multiple times in the chest. So far no person of interest or suspect has been named or apprehended.
I wanted to share with you a quote from The Detroit News from Cynthia Worthy’s mother.
She was a super-sweet girl who just got caught up doing something just to make some quick money,” Priscilla Harrison said Tuesday. “She was a good girl. She didn’t deserve this. … She’s got a lot of family and friends who are loving her and missing her right now.
A lot of sex workers think I hate them, that I want to see them hurt or destitute. Nothing could be further from the truth, I want to see them safe, out from under a traffickers control if they’re under it and preferably out of the lifestyle. The allure of money can be powerful hut in my opinion it’s not worth the risk to willingly put yourself in the danger that these women face on a constant basis. If anyone who is reading this is thinking about going into the business I implore you not to. The risk to not only yourself but the trauma that your family could endure is not worth it.
Cynthia’s family currently have a GoFundMe site set up for her funeral expenses. I hope you can spare some money for a grieving and loving family.
As I said previously police do not currently have a suspect…
Anyone with tips or information is asked to call the Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-1616 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
The body of 23-year-old Cynthia Worthy of Detroit has been found. Sadly it seems that she was stabbed to death and her body was found in an alley. Ms. Worthy went missing last Friday after meeting a man from Backpage for a date. Her family states that she was working as a prostitute on Backpage but that she was trying to get out of the lifestyle.
So far there has been no mention of a suspect. I’ll post more details as they become available.
My prayers and condolences go out to her friends and family.
23-year-old Cynthia Worthy of Detroit went missing on Friday after meeting a man for a date. The CBS Local article says that Ms. Worthy met the man on a “social media escorting website”, however news station WXYZ states they met through Backpage. While Backpage is infamous for allegedly facilitating over 80% of all online prostitution in the US it does in fact have a personals section.
Worthy is described as a black female, 5 feet, 3 inches tall and around 200 lbs. with a medium complexion, red and auburn hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a dark-colored shirt with stone washed bottoms and tan sandals.
Anyone who has seen Worthy or may know of her whereabouts is asked to call Detroit police at 313-596-2200.
My thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family that she is returned without harm.
UPDATE 8/18/015: Tragically Ms. Worthy’s body has been found.
Before we get started let me preface this post by saying that so far only The Arab American News is reporting that this was a ‘craigslist killing’. I’m not saying that you should doubt the veracity of the article, I’m just saying that they’re the only ones making the craigslist connection so far.
Anyway, on May 17th 24-year-old Hassan Deaibes of Dearborn, Michigan was shot and killed after responding to a craigslist ad for motorcycle parts in Detroit. The ‘sellers’ changed the location of the deal once Hassan and his uncle arrived at the meeting place. The suspects allegedly robbed Hassan of his money before one of the suspects shot Hassan in the head. Hos uncle was driving and was uninjured and was able to flag down an ambulance, Unfortunately Hassan succumbed to his injuries the next day.
Three suspects have been arrested but have not been named yet. Two of the suspects are only 16 while the third suspect is in his 20s. No word yet on which one was the gunman who fired the fatal shot.
My prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family of Hassan Deaibes.
Personally, as I’m sure you know, I would never recommend doing any kind of business on craigslist. However of you insist on not heeding my warning if anything feels wrong at anytime during a craigslist transaction get out of there as quickly as possible or don’t even go to the meeting. Also many police departments are offering their parking lot as supposed safe zones to make these transactions.