The Trench Reynolds Report

All Crime Is Personal

Back in 2012, I made a post about a Backpage advertised massage parlor that was shut down in Oxford, Massachusetts. At that time, the local media seemed to be more concerned with how massage parlors affect property values rather than the plight of women who are sold into sexual slavery. If you’re unfamiliar with how …

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If you’ll recall, earlier this year, the Federal Government seized Backpage.com for knowingly taking an active role in the alleged human trafficking of the girls and women posted to their adult ads section and money laundering. The company was also accused of changing the wording in ads submitted to them to make the prostitution ads …

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Recently, one of New York’s less than trustworthy and more opinionated newspapers ran an article claiming online sex trafficking hasn’t changed since the federal seizure of Backpage. The article claims an ‘unnamed source’ within the NYPD is saying there has been no slow down since Backpage was shuttered. This newspaper seems to be one of …

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In a previous post, I wondered what Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer’s role was in the Federal seizure of Backpage since his name did not appear on the 93-count indictment against other Backpage heads and employees. Now we know as it has been announced that prior to the seizure of Backpage, Ferrer pleaded guilty to charges …

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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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Apartment Manager Finds Stolen Fridge For Sale On Craigslist: (Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Craigslist) Home rental scam steals mom’s Christmas money: (Cincinnati, Ohio, Craigslist) Lehigh Valley police discover nationwide sex trafficking ring including cities like Chicago, San Diego and more: (Pennsylvania, Backpage) El Paso men charged after stolen cellphone shows up on selling/purchasing app: (Texas, …

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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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