55-year-old Michael Miller of Arizona was arrested in Miami for allegedly prostituting a woman on Backpage and violently assaulting her. Miller is said to have been romantically involved with the woman in Arizona when he reportedly talked her in to prostituting herself on Backpage. By the time she realized she was just another body to sell for Miller it was already too late.
Miller allegedly choked her and punched her in the face while trafficking her all over the country. He reportedly turned her out at high trafficked events like the Super Bowl and New Year’s Eve. While in Miami, the woman said she was too tired to work, but Miller beat her and made her work anyway. Luckily, at one point, the victim was able to contact her family who contacted Miami police who arrested Miller.
Once again, this woman is another victim who supporters of Backpage will tell you doesn’t exist. They’ll try to tell you they don’t know anyone who’s trafficked, and that they don’t know any pimps. I guess this is a woman they didn’t know. More than likely they know a lot of victims like this woman but choose not to care. Women like this are being trafficked all over the country on Backpage. Don’t let anyone try to tell you differently.
18-year-old Jerry Johnsey, of Auburndale, Florida, and 16-year-old Byron Lasiak, of Winter Haven, have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 67-year-old Donald Merkley, also of Winter Haven. Johnsey allegedly knew his victim through craigslist and was having sex with the victim prior to this. In this instance the pair went to the victim’s house and during sex Johnsey allegedly put Merkley in a chokehold until the victim fell unconscious. At that point Johnsey and Lasiak are said to have taken turns beating the victim in the head with a baseball bat. They then found some gasoline and spread it around the house before taking $2.75 they found on a counter.
If you’re looking for a friend with benefits or just a one night stand, I would avoid sites like craigslist. Due to its low level of entry and perceived level of anonymity it is a criminal haven. Hook-ups like this in the past from craigslist have led to crimes ranging from robbery to rape to murder. While craigslist isn’t the only dating avenue where these crimes happen I would say that it is the most prevalent one.
In the past, lawsuits like these were dismissed due to the Communications Decency Act of 1996. The CDA basically states that a website is not responsible for the content that its users post, however if Backpage did in fact edit ads submitted by users, it may make the CDA defense null and void. These lawsuits are in addition to the ones already filed in the states of California, Texas, Washington and Alabama.
Hopefully at least one of these lawsuits will have its intended consequence because let’s not fool ourselves, even amid its current legal woes Backpage is still making money off the victims of sex trafficking. The fight is far from over, but Backpage is showing a vulnerability in its legal armor.
The Herald talked to a woman who still uses Backpage to advertise her services for sex…
A scan of Miami’s Backpage.com site quickly uncovers dozens of women and men like Abigail, who have simply hung their sex business shingle in new places on the site. Now, with the “adult” category gone, she posts ads on the “women seeking men” dating section.
And she posts a lot.
And to anyone who points out to me that the woman in the article doesn’t have a pimp…
“I obviously love the money. It honestly has become an addiction.”
Greed is a pimp and it makes Backpage one, especially considering how much they profit off of sexual slavery.
44-year-old James Beck, of Tampa, Florida, was killed this past Tuesday after trying to sell his 16-year-old son’s dirt bike on craigslist. Beck and his son met a pair of individuals when one of them opened fire on Beck, striking him twice in the neck. The two suspects then ran off with the dirt bike. Beck unfortunately died on the scene from his injuries right in front of his son.
Police have arrested 16-year-old Ramontrae Williams and 17-year-old Dontae Johnson, and charged them with first-degree felony murder and robbery.
Sadly, I don’t have much else to add here. Craigslist should be considered too dangerous for anyone to use anymore. While you, the reader, may have found the perfect deal on craigslist, and have never had a problem, the number of people killed through craigslist is now in the triple digits. Craigslist has become nothing more than a dangerous game of Russian Roulette, and too many people are becoming victims to a deadly game that they don’t even realize they’re playing.
37-year-old Lauren Diaz of Orlando, Florida, has been arrested for allegedly producing child porn in her own residence. None of the articles I’ve read state who her victims were, but they do state that her two children are now in custody of the DCF.
When your app has become the go to choice for sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn producers you would think that it would be bad PR for the app maker, yet here we are. The Canadian made app is still widely popular and there are few to little signs that Kik is doing anything to stop the infestation of pedophiles on its platform.
It’s way past time that we should start deleting Kik from the phones and tablets of our children.
Some of the messages were creepy AF as the kids say…
London told the victim she had feelings for her starting when the victim was in 7th grade, but “fell in love with” her while she was in 8th grade.
Throughout their conversations on KIK, London referred to the victim as a daughter and said, “I love you, baby girl.”
London said her husband was very jealous of the relationship she had with the victim, because he at first thought she was talking to another man.
“I told him to [explicit] off,” said London in a message to the victim. “You’re my daughter and if I want to talk to you I can.”
The victim’s mother had previously caught London messaging her daughter but thought it had stopped. When it comes to predators like this, you can’t assume anything. Kik is a haven for sex offenders and pedophiles so you should check your children’s phone or tablet usage regularly. Let them know that you trust them, but you don’t trust the offenders they could be talking to.
It’s no shock that I’m no friend of sex offenders, and if I see an app that is prone to abuse by them I’ll call it out. However, when I see an article that’s pure FUD that involves the two, I just can’t let it go.
They stop at PokéStops to buy items and at PokéGyms to battle each other, but those stops and gyms can be anywhere—including where CBS12 found more than 1,000 registered sex offenders.
Do you know where else there are Pokestops and gyms? They’re near schools, churches, libraries, museums, and businesses. They are almost everywhere. Hell, there was even a gym in front of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. Unfortunately, in this day and age, a lot of these locations will inevitably be near a registered sex offender. That does not necessarily mean that registered sex offenders are using Pokemnon Go to prey on children. It would be incredibly stupid for them to do so since they would be the first person police would go to if anything like that happened. Personally, I have only heard of one instance where children playing the game were approached by a possible predator and that guy was driving a van. I’m not saying it’s impossible, just improbable.
Instead of letting children roam freely playing Pokemon Go, maybe parents should learn how to play it and join their kids. You never know, you may actually have fun spending time with your kids doing an activity they enjoy.
18-year-old Kaalum Scott, of Osceola County, Florida, was arrested earlier this month for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. Scott reportedly met the girl last year, you know…when she was TWELVE, and recently looked her up on the mobile messaging app Kik. He is then said to have threatened the girl over Kik by sending her a picture of himself with a gun while threatening violence against her and her family if she didn’t ‘have sex’ with him. Scott allegedly got his way before his victim told her family.
While being questioned by police Scott at first denied everything, but while in questioning police say that his phone went off after receiving a new Kik message from a male friend…
The affidavit states Scott’s phone went off in the interview room with a message on Kik that read, “See, that is why I told you not to send her any pictures or anything, just deny everything!”
This would be almost comical if we weren’t discussing the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl.
13-years-old is the minimum age to be on Kik according to their terms of service. Maybe that’s why it’s so attractive to the plethora of sex offenders and pedophiles that infest its network.
As I have mentioned before, the search phrase ‘can I get arrested for using Omegle’ is one of the most common search phrases used to reach my website, more so than any search query involving Kik and Snapchat. However, I post more stories related to Kik and Snapchat than I do Omegle, which leads me to believe that Omegle is not being investigated by law enforcement as much as it should be.
Also as I’ve mentioned before for parents, Omegle is not an app, it’s a website that can be used by any device with a camera, that includes cell phones and tablets. Since it’s a website and not an app it may be more difficult to see if your kids are using it. In that case you should not only be checking what apps your kids have on their phones or tablets but also their browser history as well.
Be smarter than your kids and be smarter than the predators that seek to harm them. Your child’s welfare may depend on it.