Is a new site trying to take Backpage’s place?

Is a new site trying to take Backpage's place?

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 the outlets that believe the ‘consenting adult’ myth, as they quote a john who said prostitution should be legal since gambling and marijuana are legal in some places. The problem with that analogy is weed and casino chips aren’t being repeatedly sold against their will.

However, the article then goes on to not only mention a new website but also links to the new site as well, supposedly the sleazy heir apparent to Backpage. I’m not going to link to the article, the website, or mention the website by name, but the site looks like it’s trying to copy Backpage even right down to the CSS. The ads on this new site seem to be even more blatant than the usually coded ads that appeared on Backpage. This new site also has the usual disclaimer that ads related to human trafficking will not be tolerated, asking ad posters to click on a button that says ‘I agree’. They’re even trying to be more shifty than Backpage was. In my research, I was unable to find any information regarding who owns the new platform. Their social media presence is almost non-existent, however, I was able to find some information that the site does business in Texas, although reports say the website itself is allegedly hosted in Canada.

While the New York tabloids may be decrying online sex trafficking has continued unabated since the closure of Backpage, it’s still too early to really tell. It’s only been less than two months since Backpage was seized so it’s still too early to say it’s business as usual. At its height, Backpage was responsible for 80% of all online sex trafficking in the US by most reports and had the financial backing of a media company. In today’s post-FOSTA world, it will be almost impossible for a website to be as lucrative as Backpage was at its zenith.

The online sex trafficking trade has been severely splintered. While it may continue to exist, it will never be at the level it was when Backpage was running things. This is a good thing despite protests to the contrary, as it causes fewer victims to be trafficked against their will. While the fight against online human trafficking is a constant battle, there will be fewer casualties in the future.

Kik kreeper tried luring NY girl to L.A. on a bus

Kik kreeper tried luring NY girl to L.A. on a bus

What is it with child predators and buses? Since the days of MySpace, I’ve been posting stories about how either the predator traveled to meet the victim by bus or tried to have their victim come to them by bus. It’s probably because a passenger doesn’t necessarily need an ID to travel across the country on a bus. According to the website of a certain bus line, you can buy a ticket for a passenger and all they need to give at the counter is a password that was established ahead of time and that’s it. It’s almost like pizza delivery for pedophiles.

For example, 28-year-old Carlos Francisco Lopez of Los Angeles was recently arrested for allegedly trying to lure a girl from Western New York State to his home. Police in Tonawanda, New York, were able to locate the girl and get her off the bus before it took off for L.A.

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Lopez is said to have met the girl on the mobile messaging app Kik in a chat room for runaway teens. In the past, I have occasionally mentioned that Kik is infested with sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors. To have a chat group for runaway teens on Kik is like putting out a flashing neon sign that says “LOST KIDS HERE, PEDOPHILES WELCOME”.

It wasn’t enough for Lopez to make the girl travel cross-country on a bus, but after police posed as the girl in a conversation with Lopez, he was reportedly going to send an Uber to pick her up from the bus station.

On Jan. 18, an undercover law enforcement officer posed as the victim to continue to communicate with the individual that police identified as Lopez. The officer wrote, “hey u there … this bus ride sucks.” The undercover officer stated she was due into California around 10 p.m. on Jan. 19 and asked what to do upon arrival.

Police said Lopez replied, “call me or text me. Wait at the station, and ill send an uber.” Lopez was arrested after the officer sent a message that the bus had arrived and he reportedly ordered an Uber.

Lopez is also a registered sex offender in California where he was convicted in 2011 for a sexual offense against a child under the age of 14. So if convicted, Lopez will be a sex offender in two states, however, he may not get to be on any new registry since he’s facing life in prison. Speaking of registries and prison, I’m glad to see his last conviction set him on the straight and narrow after obviously being rehabilitated. Seriously though, these scumbags should be kept in prison for much longer than they are. Once a creeper, always a creeper.

Classifieds crime blotter 12/6/2017

Classifieds crime blotter 12/6/2017

Trial Date Set For Couple Who Allegedly Sold Baby:
Greenville, Tennessee. Deanna Lynn Greer, 38, and John David Cain, 27, are accused of allegedly trying to see an infant on craigslist back in March.

CSU Police report series of fraudulent checks, scams:
Colorado State University, Craigslist, Fake Check Scam.

Man shot by brothers while trying to sell PlayStation in Arlington, police say”
Texas. Man allegedly shot by Bryan Arriaga, 18, and Steven Arriaga, 20, while trying to sell his Playstation on OfferUp. Charges of attempted capital murder and aggravated robbery have been filed. The victim is recovering.

Tottenville woman acting as a real estate agent accused of ripping off potential tenants:
Staten Island, New York. Caryn Celestina, 61, is accused of allegedly running a craigslist rental scam.

Lakewood woman loses $8,000 Rolex watch to con artist in Craigslist scam:
Colorado. Scam artist switched $8000 in cash with a stack of singles.

School Crime Blotter 12/6/2017

School Threat Crime Blotter 12/6/2017

Teen Girls Arrested for School Threats Inspired by ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ Police Say
Piqua High School, Piqua, Ohio.

Hamilton West student threatens shooting on social media:
Hamilton West High School, Hamilton, New Jersey. Threat was not credible.

Marana Unified issues statement on school shooting threat:
Marana, Arizona. Graffiti threatening school shooting found in Marana Middle School. Threat unsubstantiated.

Shooting threats made on social media toward schools in Maspeth & Middle Village under investigation:
School shooting threats made on social media towards schools in the Queens, New York neighborhoods of Maspeth, Miiddle Village and Elmhurst.

Warning of school shooting on bathroom wall causes lockout at Largo High:
Largo, Florida. Threat posted to social media. Investigation is ongoing.

NOT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

21-year-old Nicholas O’Connor shot the security cameras at Booksin Elementary School in San Jose, California, while school was not in session. Disturbing, but not a school shooting.

Two students were shot and wounded outside Graham-Kapowsin High School in Graham, Washington. Police believe the shooting may be gang related. Not a school shooting.

Queens craigslist creeper wanted to climb through virgins’ windows

Queens craigslist creeper wanted to climb through virgins' windows

27-year-old Oscar J. Zagalo of Queens, New York, was arrested for allegedly trying to solicit sex from underage girls on craigslist. According to investigators, Zagalo was not exactly subtle with his intentions.

On June 24, the investigator stumbled upon an ad titled “Virgin? Would you like to lose it (M4W)” and “Hello HS and Virgin Girls.”

“Servicing any inexperienced girl willing to loose (sic) it, any age,” the ad read. “You can have me climb through your window at night or I can host. I’m very experienced and skilled. Girl party friendly too. Great for your slumber party with your girlfriends. Please send pictures with your reply. Ciao!”

Police responded to the ad posing as a 13-year-old girl and arrested Zagalo at a predetermined meeting place. Zagalo reportedly thanked police when they arrested him stating they saved him.

This is craigslist at its lowest. Craigslist does moderate their ads for certain things but only when it benefits them. However when it comes to checking their ads for potential child molesters, they couldn’t care less. If craigslist can moderate their ads for any reason, then they can moderate their ads for scumbags like this, except they probably don’t want to lose the traffic the personals and casual encounters sections bring them.

NY teacher’s aide charged with Snapchatting student

NY teacher's aide charged with Snapchatting student

Bethany N. Leach

23-year-old Bethany N. Leach, of Jasper, New York, was arrested for allegedly exchanging explicit Snapchats with one of the students at the high school where she was a teacher’s aide. She is said to have exchanged explicit images, videos and messages with one of the students, however the age of the student has not been mentioned. Police say no inappropriate physical interaction took place between Leach and the student.

Again, I feel like I need to address the troglodytes who will say they wish they had teachers like this when they were in school. Whomever this student was, they were a victim whether you want to believe it or not. Incidents like these have great potential to give the victims a distorted view of sexuality in their minds and in turn they could be predatory themselves in the future.

Thanks to Lady Gray for the tip.

NY Principal accused of craigslist creeping on an underage girl

NY Principal accused of craigslist creeping on an underage girl

Mark Trabucco

(Story broke 4/26/2017)

40-year-old Mark Trabucco, of Clay, New York, was a principal at a nearby middle school. He’s accused of allegedly using Snapch….hang on a sec…craigslist to have sexual contact with an underage girl. Sorry, when it comes to teachers, I start to type out Snapchat by force of habit.

There’s not as many details as I like, however, from what I can gather, Trabucco responded to a craigslist ad that was supposedly placed by the girl. Trabucco is said to have used this ad to arrange a meeting with the girl where they reportedly engaged in sexual contact. To further clarify, Trabucco was charged with two counts of a criminal sex act in the 3rd degree. According to a brief Google search, under New York state law, no person over 21-years of age can have sex with someone who is under the age of 17. The victim is said to have told her parents after the crime was committed.

Personally, I’d like to know what the ad was for, and why it caused Trabucco to allegedly proceed the way he did.

Lastly, the girl was not a student of his school. Well of course she wasn’t. Then he would have used Snapchat.

Snapchat sleaze who lured girl from Sydney to New York blames victim

Snapchat sleaze who lured girl from Sydney to New York blames victim

Sean Price

I originally posted about Sean Price here. He’s the man from Queens, New York, who is accused of luring a 16-year-old girl from Sydney, Australia to Queens, New York, through Snapchat. Unsurprisingly, Price is now trying to blame the victim for his predicament.

From jail in New York, Price reportedly called the Daily Mail Australia to try to tell his side of the story, his side being the ‘I didn’t know she was 16’ defense. Price tells the Daily Mail…

‘First of all, she told me she was 22 – and I made my choice. Do you ask a girl for ID if she looks young? No,’ Price said.

‘If I figured she was that young I wouldn’t have met her.’

Right. So in the entire time you were chatting with her, through the time you bought the airline ticket, up until the time she was discovered in your mom’s basement, you’re going to tell me that you never knew her age? So why then did you allegedly have your mother tell police that neither you nor the girl were there? You are said to have driven her from L.A. to New York and you’re going to tell me the subject of her age never came up? Plus, didn’t you have to know her date of birth in order to purchase the ticket from Sydney to L.A.?

As an aside, in my previous post I wondered where the case would be prosecuted. From the Daily Mail article, it seems to indicate he will be prosecuted in the US, but could be further prosecuted in Australia. This will be an interesting one to watch.

NY Kik kreeper accused of making minor perform with dog

NY Kik kreeper accused of making minor perform with dog

Blaise Caroleo

(Story first broke 4/13/2017)

53-year-old Blaise Caroleo used the name ‘Nimfeater’ on the mobile messaging app Kik. The Staten Island man is accused of allegedly coercing several minors into performing sexual acts over Kik including one where a dog was involved.

He had been released on $150,000 bond, but more recently, Caroleo had his bond revoked (story from 6/2/2017) for visiting a strip mall that had a Chuck E. Cheese-like restaurant.

Never forget that Kik is full of sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors. If you’re not watching your children’s behavior on these apps, the aforementioned groups will.

Snapchat sleaze accused of luring girl from Sydney to New York

Snapchat sleaze accused of luring girl from Sydney to New York

I’ve posted stories before about predators who have lured girls from across the country. I’ve posted stories before about how predators have lured girls from one country to another, usually from Canada to the US. To my recollection this is the first time I’ve ever posted a story about an alleged predator who lured a girl from another hemisphere.

39-year-old Sean Price, of Queens, New York, is accused of luring a 16-year-old girl, who he met on Snapchat, from Sydney, Australia, to his home on Queens. Price allegedly sent the girl $1500 USD in order for her to fly from Sydney to L.A. Price is said to have met the girl in L.A., then the pair drove from L.A. to New York. They are said to have ‘had sex’ in multiple states during their coast to coast road trip. Depending on the state, the ‘had sex’ may actually be ‘child rape’.

The NYPD received a tip from Australian authorities and tracked down Price at the home he shared with his mother. At first, even his own mother covered for him, stating that he wasn’t home but police eventually found him and his victim in the basement. That’s right, they found a shifty online creep who couldn’t get women his own age in mom’s basement.

A flight from Sydney to L.A. is 7500 miles and takes 15 hours. To then drive from L.A. to Queens is 2800 miles and takes around 3-4 days if you drive for 12 hours a day. This jackhole took this girl from her home and family with the most obsessive depravity I’ve ever had the displeasure of reading about. If there’s some online sexual predator book of records this scumbag definitely wins the award for most miles lured.

It will be interesting to see where Mr. Pedophile Travel Agent will be prosecuted.
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