ND Kik Kreeper couldn’t believe an 11-year-old was on the internet

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34-year-old James Lee Thompson, of Fargo, North Dakota, is being charged with allegedly sending explicit pictures of himself to an 11-year-old girl from Massachusetts. Thompson is said to have sent the picture over instant messaging app Kik while police in Mass. were posing as the girl on her phone. Thompson allegedly followed up the picture with a message of “Can I c a naughty pic.”

When Thompson was approached by police about the picture he reportedly had the following to say about it…

“Thompson said he was not going to believe someone who said they were 11, because ‘what parent would allow an 11 year old on the internet,’ ” Fargo Police Detective Mark Voigtschild wrote in his report. “Thompson said there was no way this person was 11.”

I can honestly say that’s the first time I’ve ever heard that. While it’s a variation on the ‘she lied about her age’ trope I can’t believe he used the reverse of it, or that he would think that would work with police. In case you’re wondering I’ve posted at least one story where an 8-year-old girl was on Kik.

Thompson is no stranger to legal issues with children as he was previously convicted of child neglect charges in 2007. So Thompson has graduated from abusing his own kid to abusing other people’s. Allegedly.

Don’t forget folks that Kik is rampant with pedophiles and sex offenders and all your kids need to be on it is a smart phone or tablet and a wi-fi connection.

Backpage money makes strange bedfellows

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Lately the state of North Dakota has seen an increase in prostitution and human trafficking due to their recent oil boon. It’s gotten so bad that former victims of sex trafficking are speaking to middle school students to warn them of the dangers of predatory pimps.

In an article by the Forum News Service they reached out to Backpage attorney and spokesperson Liz McDougall about Backpage’s role in all of this and she had her usual response…

“Unless the Internet is wholly shut down, the end result of this strategy will be that our children are advertised through offshore websites who do not endeavor to prevent such activity, who do not report potential cases of exploitation to law enforcement, who do not expeditiously cooperate with law enforcement to rescue victims and arrest pimps — and who are outside the jurisdiction of U.S. law enforcement so they can thumb their noses at U.S. law enforcement requests, even pleas, for evidence to find a child or stop a perpetrator.”

First off from most reports I’ve seen from law enforcement Backpage isn’t as cooperative with law enforcement as they claim to be. Secondly, it seems like Backpage is making their own move overseas for the very reasons she claims other sites will do.

Like I said this is nothing new out of Backpage but what really surprised me was how deep in Backpage’s pocket is one Dr. Lois Lee, founder of Children of the Night, an organization that’s supposed to be getting children off the street and out of the hands of pimps and traffickers.

Talking by phone one November night from Lyon, France, where she and McDougall had just attended an INTERPOL conference on trafficking, Children of the Night’s Lee lauded Backpage’s cooperation with law enforcement, saying it’s better than any other social network.

Emphasis mine.

Dr. Lee has even admitted on this very website that Backpage is responsible for 10% of Children of the Night’s budget. I’m not sure if that includes flights to France or not but I can’t understand how a foundation that’s supposed to help child victims of sex trafficking can take money from a website that is responsible for 82% of all online prostitution.

I used to have a link to Children of the Night on this website for people looking for trafficking resources. I didn’t even remove the link after Dr. Lee commented on this site about her dedication to Backpage. However I can no longer in good conscience link to them now knowing that they’ve been paid off by Backpage. One might even call it collusion.

ND man facing 20 years for sex trafficking and Trench thinks that’s too much

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Chad Lee Lindley

Human trafficking charge filed against Fargo man accused of hiring prostitutes on Craigslist:

40-year-old Chad Lee Lindley of Fargo, North Dakota is looking at a 20 year stretch in prison on human trafficking charges. Police say that he was an aspiring pimp advertising for new recruits on craigslist…

“I do have job openings that will provide the fun, provide the case, and provide the lifestyle that you’ll love,”

“Gorgeous young women between the ages of 18 to 40 years old ready to make up to $10,000 or more a week,”

“Must be experienced or know what this job is, professional, seductive, passionate and most of all sexy.”

Now you should know by now that I want to eliminate all forms of human trafficking especially those that are proliferating on craigslist and backpage however 20 years for this schmo is too extreme. Granted he’s a wanna be pimp assbag but as far as I could tell he never actually had any women working for him.

The problem is he’s being made an example. In 2009 North Dakota passed a law that specifically targeted human trafficking. This is the first time it’s being used in the Fargo area. While I most certainly agree that examples should me made out of traffickers this guy isn’t who you want as the poster boy for enforcing trafficking laws. You want the guy who has actually trafficked women and children and sold and traded them as sex slaves. You want the guy who has used violence and intimidation to keep their victims in line. This guy is just Henry Winkler in Night Shift.

Don’t get me wrong, the guy should be charged but any talk of 20 years when traffickers much more deadly than him get less than half of that is laughable.

UPDATE 9/3/2013: Lindley was sentenced to three years. I can live with that.

Drunk breastfeeder slashed tires

Woman in drunken breast-feeding case ordered to jail:

That’s 26-year-old Stacey Anvarinia of North Dakota. She was previously convicted of child neglect charges for breastfeeding her baby while drunk. A compassionate judge ordered her to get treatment for her drinking problem in order for her to avoid jail.

Well, she never got the chance to go to treatment because later that night she was arrested for slashing a truck tire…wait for it…while drunk.

The treatment offer was revoked and she was sent to the slammer.

Yet another person who cares more about getting their drink on then caring about their own kids.