55-year-old Gary Owens of Omaha, Nebraska, reportedly took out an ad on craigslist that said he was a nice guy and just looking for a friend. A homeless woman responded to his ad looking for a place to stay. Instead she found herself in a makeshift prison. Once she was in the house Owens allegedly told her “You know we’re going to have sex right?” before preventing her from leaving the bedroom. After she rebuffed his advances, Owens allegedly restrained her with rope and choked her into unconsciousness before raping her. When she needed to use the bathroom Owens would lock her in there as well. The victim says she was eventually able to trick Owens into letting her use a phone and was able to call a women’s shelter who helped her escape. Owens is said to have a long and violent criminal history.
I can understand someone being desperate enough to seek shelter anywhere if they’re without a home, however, craigslist is not that place to look. Unfortunately, it is overflowing with violent predators like this. If they’re allowing you to stay in their home out of ‘the goodness of their hearts’ it’s more than likely that they want something unsavory in return.
As I’ve said in the past, too many people think that sex trafficking doesn’t happen where they live, and that it only happens in big cities. Have you ever heard of Auburn, Maine? I didn’t until I read this story. According to Wikipedia, the city has a population of roughly 23,000. That didn’t keep one man from violently forcing a woman to sell herself on Backpage.
A 57-year-old Auburn man was indicted this week, accused of raping a local woman, forcing her into prostitution and beating her with a gun, hammer and dinner plate in November.
And that is only the tip of the bloody iceberg.
Minor is also accused of allegedly beating the woman with a belt before tightening the belt around her throat. He is also said to have pistol whipped her in a fit of jealous rage. Kind of ironic that someone who forces a woman to have sex with other men would be jealous. He is also accused of striking the victim in the back of the head with a hammer after she woke up, and smashing a plate over her head after punching her. When the victim was finally able to make it to a hospital for her injuries Minor is said to have shown up at the hospital looking for her. Other women had ‘worked’ for Minor as well so God only knows what he did to those women too.
This story, which is sadly only one of many, should show you a number of things. The first is that human trafficking is happening everywhere, yes, your town too. The second is that this is obviously not a victimless crime, unless you consider violent assaults and rape victimless. Lastly, this is not an ‘industry’ of women who chose this way of life as many would have you try to believe. This woman, this victim, is more the rule than the exception no matter how many sex workers will tell you that they don’t know anyone who is being trafficked against their will. Those people are either turning a blind eye to the brutality before them to justify the way they make money, or are being trafficked themselves, and are just repeating a line that their pimps have told them to say.
Let’s also not forget that Backpage made their money off of this woman’s blood and pain in the name of ‘free speech’.
Here’s what parents and kids need to know about how Magana is said to have found one of his victims…
Detectives said 27-year-old Josh Manuel Magana had learned enough about the victim through her social media posts to convince her that he knew where she lived and what school she attended.
As I’ve said before, online predators don’t need very much information from your kids’ social media accounts to find out where they live, work or go to school. The most innocent picture could provide them with the information they may need. Anyway, back to Magana.
Using the screen name “thegiftedmonster”, Magana reportedly threatened his victim into sending him explicit pictures. Once he received the pictures, he then threatened the victim into having sex with him or he would make the pictures public. One of his victims didn’t even come forward until she was contacted by police. Magana is accused of using this scheme to sexually assault both a 16 and 17-year-old girl in two separate incidents, but let’s be honest, this is nothing short of rape.
Police believe that Magana may have more victims…
Detectives said they believe Magana has more victims, and urged anyone who had been contacted by “thegiftedmonster” to call the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force at (323) 526-5156.
18-year-old Adonis Jackson, of Elmore County, Alabama, has been charged with the production of child porn and second-degree rape. Jackson allegedly used Snapchat and Facetime in order to obtain explicit pictures of 16-year-old students. Once he obtained the pictures Jackson is said to have extorted his victims into having sex with him.
These are the same tactics used by much older predators except in this case the predator doesn’t have to pose as a teen because he is one. He also deserves the same type of prosecution as these older predators as well. Just because he’s closer in age to his victims doesn’t make him any less of an abuser.
This is also a good lesson for kids that Snapchat pictures don’t disappear like the app may claim, and anything that makes its way out on to the internet is out there forever.
I really wanted to find a mugshot of this creep, but I couldn’t find one with 100% certainty that it was him, but I digress.
44-year-old Isaac Kemp of Draper, Utah, has been charged with 65 felonies in the state of Utah concerning the solicitation of two underage girls from Nebraska and North Carolina, but that description barely scratches the surface.
Kemp is also accused of allegedly raping an underage girl from Nebraska after posing as a 16-year-old boy on Kik. After collecting several explicit pictures and videos of the girl he then reportedly told her that his ‘uncle’ would be coming to visit her and that she would have to have sex with him in order to get her ‘experienced’. Police say that he raped the girl in a Nebraska hotel room and gave her morning after pills. Kemp was originally charged with $1 million bail in Nebraska, but it was lowered and he was then able to post bail.
In the North Carolina case, Kemp was allegedly exchanging explicit pictures with a 12-year-old girl on Kik. So far no charges have been filed in North Carolina.
Kemp was said to have been very particular with his electronics when it came to other members of his family…
“In an interview with Kemp’s wife, she said she suspected that something was going on with Kemp, as far back as several years. She said Kemp disappears frequently to the bathroom while at home for long periods of time, and he takes his phone with him,” the charges state. “Kemp’s wife said that Kemp is very private with his cellphone and that no one is allowed to look at it and no one other than Kemp knows the pass code.”
This reminds me of a time where a former co-worker came to me and asked me advice about their friend’s peculiar behavior about their computer. This was in a day before smart phones were the norm. She said that her friend would never let his wife or kids use the computer, and it was always password protected. I said he’s either having an affair or he’s into child porn. Sadly, it was the latter, and the guy ended up going away for a long time leaving his wife and kids to fend for themselves.
As you should know by now, Kik is teeming with sex offenders and pedophiles, and as shown here they will go to preposterous extremes in order to violate your children. They will traverse great distances, spend extravagant amounts of money, and make up the most cockamamie stories just to get what they want from children. If you’re not watching your kids’ online habits, they are.
24-year-old Jeffrey Scott Vanherreweghe of Crossville, Alabama, was working with a construction crew in Huntingburg, Indiana, when he met a woman on the mobile dating app Tinder. The pair allegedly had consensual sex before Vanherreweghe (How do you even pronounce that?) became violent and raped his victim at the hotel where the crew was staying. It took his co-workers to get the key for the hotel room door for the woman to be able to make her escape. Vanherreweghe is only being held on $15,000 bond.
I hate to be the old man yelling at clouds, but back in my day, in the olden times of the internet, not only did it take a long ‘getting to know you’ process before meeting someone, even then there was a huge danger of meeting them in meat space. Now it seems that with apps like Tinder, users seem to be meeting people that day without any serious vetting process.
If I was in the dating pool today, even if I was in my 20s, I doubt I would use an app like Tinder. Not only does it seem to focus on the superficial but I imagine it attracts many of the same creeps that haunt places like the personals section of craigslist. A real relationship doesn’t begin with a swipe.
20-year-old Keefer Mckenzie Ngirngesechei of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, is accused of using social media to force two underage girls into having sex with him. Ngirngesechei allegedly used Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat to solicit naked photos from girls. Once the victims complied he threatened to publish the pictures if they didn’t have sex with him. So far two 15-year-old girls have been victims of his scheme. The suspect is being held on $75K bail. Police believe he may have more victims.
Police believe there may be other teenage victims of Ngirngesechei. Anyone with information is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police at 570-459-3890.
Make no mistake, if the charges are true this is definitely a case of rape. Any time a man forces women to have sex with him under any kind of threatening conditions it’s rape, and any man who commits these acts should be labeled as a rapist.
25-year-old Dominic Pearson was charged in federal court with attempting to entice a minor for sex, but the charges hardly explain what it is alleged to have happened. Pearson is accused of allegedly grooming a 13-year-old girl over mobile messaging app Kik before arranging to have the Missouri girl run away.
What makes matters worse is that the girl was using her father’s cell phone to use Kik. At any time this man could have checked the app to see that this was going on…
“I am on the way to you, we are going to meet up with our ride,” said one message from “black heart.”
Other messages were more graphic. One said “I can’t wait to be with u and marry u.” Another indicated “black heart” might be coming to get the girl from the “east side of Nebraska, I am working my way there.”
Again, you may trust your kids completely, but do you trust everyone that they’re talking to online? You shouldn’t, especially on Kik considering it is rife with sex offenders and pedophiles.
Police say that Reaves and 19-year-old Anthony Fort planned on robbing the prostitute at her hotel room after finding her on Backpage but during the robbery Reaves is said to have raped the woman. When a female security guard went to investigate the room Reaves allegedly raped her as well.
According to the women, Reaves became increasingly irate during the assaults and demanded money, saying he needed a “stack” for himself and Fort.
After apprehension Reaves wasn’t acting like such a tough guy. While in custody he wrote letters of apology to his victims claiming that…
…he “has a problem and often hears voices in his head that forces and compels him to make very bad decisions and choices.”
Again with the voices. I still have to ask why the ‘voices’ never tell someone to do charity work?
Anyway, Reaves has been charged as an adult and 18-year-old Myia Nicole Kilgore has been charged as an accomplice. Kilgore was reportedly a getaway driver for the duo.
While all this was happening Backpage was still getting paid.
22-year-old Brandon M. Kolc of Gibraltar, Michigan, is accused of raping a 15-year-old Indiana girl that he met through Facebook. According to the victim she thought Kolc was 19 and lived in Illinois. The first time they had sex the victim says it was consensual, once in a church parking lot. Then the rape was said to have occurred in front of a casket factory where Kolc allegedly raped and choked the victim after she refused to consent.
By now this shouldn’t even be an issue anymore as most parents are already on Facebook, and should know how to keep tabs on their kids. If not you’re way behind the curve, and need to educate yourself on how these things work. Know their logins, know their passwords, know their Facebook friends and inspect their devices for multiple accounts. You are the parent, you can trust your kids all you want, but do you trust the strangers out there who are looking to prey upon your kids?