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11-year-old brings gun, knives and 400 rounds of ammo to school because of The Myth

Washington boy brought gun, knives to school to defend bullied friend: police:

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A few weeks back an 11-year-old boy allegedly brought a .22 caliber handgun, some knives and 400 rounds of ammunition to Frontier Middle School in Vancouver, Washington. The boy is said to have told police that a voice in his head was telling him to kill and that he would have shot his target then shot himself in the head.

I’m sure that too many people out there think that this kid must have been bullied. Actually no. However his friend was. He said that another student had called his friend gay and that’s when he allegedly plotted the shooting scheme. Luckily the kid’s mother was attentive enough to realize that her son may have taken weapons to school and notified police.

This is what happened when you let knee-jerkers and pearl twisters dictate the media’s outlook and social policy, too many weak-minded people start believing the false notions that are put out there. Such as that school shooters were bullied. Most weren’t and as a matter of fact most of them were bullies themselves.

When you spread misinformation it will come back to haunt you.

Lady Thug charged with being Backpage child pimp

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Charge: ‘Lady thug’ pimped kids in Kent, Seattle:

I would assume that most people think of pimps and sex traffickers as men but women can be pimps and traffickers too, in some cases they’re even more vicious than their male counterparts. Sometimes they are romanticized by referring to them as madams but there is nothing matronly about them.

Take 20-year-old Jacqueline Pamela Oliver of Seattle, the accused pimp with the phrase ‘Lady Thug’ tattooed on her leg. She’s been charged with prostituting at least two underage girls, ages 15 and 16, on Backpage in the Seattle area. She was turning out the girls while keeping all their money. She was supposedly even living in a motel with the 16-year-old as her ‘girlfriend’. See, female pimps can just be predatory as the men.

Do you know who else made money off of these underage girls? Backpage, of course. They say that have a ridiculous amount of safeguards in place but as far as I can tell they’re not working very well. Like they care.

WA craigslist creeper says he was a ‘virgin collector’

Police: Man ‘collecting virgins’ solicited sex from 15-year-old girl:

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The guy in the striped pajamas over there is 47-year-old Thomas Hicks of Maple Valley, Washington. Police in nearby Everett, Washington say that Hicks posted a craigslist ad allegedly looking for sex from underage girls. In fact they say that the ad said “Collecting Virgins m4w – 45 (Auburn).”

Everett police posed as a 15-year-old girl and corresponded with Hicks. In case you were wondering what Hicks’ intentions may have been police say that one of his messages contained the following…

When asked what he wanted to do, Hicks reportedly responded, “I would love to make it real good for you…taking my time…making sure you thoroughly enjoy yourself.”

Police arranged a meeting with Hicks at a local apartment where Hicks was arrested. At the time of his arrest Hicks allegedly used the ‘just hanging out’ defense used by so many people profiled on To Catch A Predator. He also claimed that he previously met housewives through the ad and meant college age when he said ‘younger’. Right. The odds of finding a college aged virgin housewife on craigslist are slim to none and Slim just left. Also considering the way his ad was worded I doubt this was his first time only his first time being caught.

Still, predators will continue to use craigslist to find new victims until craigslist itself is willing to step up and actually do something about it. See the previous paragraph on the odds of that happening.

Washington State enacts new Backpage law

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Inslee Passes New Penalties for Online Minor Sex Ads:

The State of Washington show once again why they’re in the forefront of trying to put a stop to the online sex trafficking of children.

Last week Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law that would fine someone $5,000 to anyone caught advertising *Cough*Backpage*cough* a child for sex online. Instead of going after Backpage directly, which his predecessor Gov. Chris Gregoire tried but the law was blocked, Gov. Inslee is targeting the pimps and traffickers.

That’s a great strategy but I have one question. Is $5,000 a big enough fine to make the risk greater than the reward? I don’t think it is. A lot of these pimps can make this kind of money in a night. In my opinion $50,000 would make more of a dent in their blood soaked wallets.

While Governor Inslee is taking a step in the right direction I don’t think he and the Washington legislature have taken a big enough step.

Backpage child pimp busted. Yes, it was in Washington

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Man busted for selling minors as prostitutes on Backpage.com:

LOCAL MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY TRYING TO SELL GIRLS FOR SEX ON INTERNET:

The FBI recently arrested 22-year-old DeMarquez Xavier Austin, aka ‘Chaos’, for allegedly prostituting two girls, ages 15 and 16, on Backpage in King County, Washington.

According to reports Austin knew exactly what he was doing by turning out the girls. He allegedly said “he could get into serious trouble for pimping out a teenager.”

So if the FBI is on these cases why are these arrests hardly ever reported outside of the state of Washington? As I’ve mentioned before Washington has been very on the ball about trying to get Backpage to stop participating in sex trafficking trade so it would make sense that it would be reported in Washington. Yet rarely do we hear about these arrests in other parts of the country. These stories need to be heard. People need to know that child sexual slavery is going on in all parts of our country and Backpage needs to be held accountable for making it so easy.

Tacoma man pimped out teen girl on Backpage for love

Love is blind and often brain damaged.

Love is blind and often brain damaged.

Tacoma man, teen girlfriend charged with prostituting teen on Backpage:

21-year-old David Diaz of Tacoma, Washington and his 16-year-old *ugh* girlfriend were arrested by police in Lakewood, Wash. for allegedly prostituting another 16-year-old girl on Backpage. Diaz allegedly told police that he did it out of love.

The girl was allegedly turned out at least 75 times by Diaz and his squeeze. The girl knew Diaz’s girlfriend from school. The girlfriend allegedly recruited the girl for Diaz.

Diaz had only been dating the girl for two months and claims that she came up with the idea.

Diaz told police he met his girlfriend two months ago and she started talking about prostituting girls to make money. He claimed he was only paid $20 per “date” and his girlfriend gave him gas money for driving the victim to various motels.

“The defendant admitted he knew what he was doing was wrong, but he tried to make (his girlfriend) happy because he loved her,” according to documents.

I remember being young and stupid thinking that I loved someone after an incredibly short period of time together. But no matter how stupid I was I would have never agreed to something as degrading as prostituting my girlfriend’s friend. What the hell are kids thinking these days?

Also this another story out of the Sea-Tac area. The only region where it seems these stories are being reported anymore. Ever since that Backpage allegedly split from Village Voice Media it seems like that we’ve gone back to square one in trying to raise awareness on how Backpage is making money off of the exploitation of these women and children. Where’s CNN? They seemed to be so hot on the topic when it was craigslist but now nothing? The same goes for 48 Hours when there was the ‘craigslist killer’ Philip Markoff. Yet nothing about an underage girl who was sold for sex 75 times. Sad.

Why haven’t we heard about Backpage lately?

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Man charged with prostituting minor on backpage.com:

Pierce Co. prosecutors: man pimped out two teenage girls:

Recently in Pierce County, Washington investigators there arrested 29-year-old Alfred Anthony Clark for allegedly prostituting two underage girls on Backpage. The girls are ages 16 and 17 and according to reports Clark promised the 16-year-old ‘nice things’ if she worked for him.

Sadly this is a typical story about Backpage and child sex trafficking but it’s been a while since I’ve posted a story about Backpage. Why is that? Has child sex trafficking on Backpage been curtailed? I doubt it. Backpage has implemented no new measures that I’m aware of and lawmakers have been stifled at every turn in trying to deal with Backpage. So why aren’t we hearing as many of these stories anymore? I think that it’s being under reported in the media. It’s really not surprising that this story came out of Washington State because it seems like anymore they’re the only market whose government and media are still interested in the plight of these kids. Mostly everywhere else it seems like that once Backpage ‘split’ from the Village Voice family of newspapers that the media thought “Well since they’re no longer a black eye against our industry we don’t care anymore.”

Not to mention that it was never front page news to begin with. As I’ve said in the past not enough people are outraged about this for these stories to be truly newsworthy. Outside of a number of anti-human trafficking activists no one really seems to care. As a society were to wrapped up in the latest celebrity or political gossip to give a damn about the multitudes of children that are sold for sex in this country every day.

But it only takes one person to start making a change. I implore you to be that person. Get involved. Tell a friend. Do something to make people more aware that slavery is still going on in our country today disguised as the adult section on Backpage.

State of Washington forced to settle with Backpage

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State agrees to work to repeal law opposed by Backpage.com:

Earlier this year the state of Washington passed Senate Bill 6251 into law. In a nutshell the law required websites and publications doing business in the state of Washington to verify the ages of the women being advertised in ‘escort’ ads. Almost immediately Village Voice Media, which owned Backpage at the time, sued to have the law blocked. They won.

More recently a few weeks ago not only has Washington given up on SB 6251 but they’ve also agreed to pay Backpage $200K for legal fees. That’s not just a devastating loss for you know…freedom but it adds insult to injury to a state that is trying its best to stop online sex trafficking of women and children.

While Backpage continues to make money off the exploited women and children in the adult section of their site Attorney General Rob McKenna sums up what the stumbling block is in trying to deal with sites like Backpage…

“But unless Congress acts to revise the section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, an appeal will be extremely challenging and costly. It is unfortunate that because of this ruling, Backpage will continue to profit from sex ads for kids and others. Congress must revisit the CDA in order to close a loophole that allows companies such as Backpage to make millions advertising an illegal service that takes a particularly devastating toll on children,”

A man after my own heart. As I’m fond of saying the Communications Decency Act was signed into law in 1996. That was the infancy of a publicly available internet. Do you remember the internet from 1996? I wasn’t even on it yet but it dredges up memories of dial-up modems, AOL discs and Netscape. How much has the internet evolved in the past 16 years? Shouldn’t the CDA evolve along with it? And again what is more important, Backpage’s ‘right’ to make money from sexual slavery or the rights of the women and children on their pages not to be sold?

Two WA men charged with exploiting teens for sex on Backpage

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Two men face prosecution in sex trafficking case:

In Snohomish County, Washington authorities have charged 20-year-old Jevante McCray and 18-year-old Isiah Martin with prostituting several underage girls on Backpage.

Two girls, ages 14 and 16 that police caught up with told them that McCray and Martin were not their pimps. I wouldn’t be surprised if their victims thought that they were girlfriends of one of the men. One of the girls said that McCray and Martin gave her the pre-paid credit card used to place the ads on Backpage. How much would it cut down on the sex trafficking ads if Backpage just refused to accept them as payment? But that would be turning away potential bags of money for them to sleep on.

Now that Backpage is allegedly disassociated from Village Voice Media they’re not making money off these girls to prop up a dying print industry. Now they’re just making the money for the hell of it.

2 charged in WA with being Backpage child pimps

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Two men charged with prostituting teenager on Backpage.com:

2 men plead not guilty to Backpage prostitution charges:

28-year-old Eugene Andre Young and 25-year-old Claude Anthony Hutchinson have been charged in Pierce County, Washington with prostituting a 16-year-old girl on the Village Voice Media disowned Backpage.com.

The victim met the pair on a bus who told them they would cash a check for her. Instead they allegedly took her to a motel, took the usual explicit pictures of her and sold her on Backpage. The victim states she did what they told because they beat another girl who wouldn’t do what they asked of her. She escaped them then eventually went back to them because her mother didn’t want her.

A second victim states that Young beat her and raped her for refusing to work for Young.

How in any logical way is Backpage not partially responsible for this? If there was a brick and mortar business, for example let’s use a bar, and a prostitution ring was being run out of the business but the owner was not running the ring but was being paid to keep his mouth shut. Wouldn’t the bar owner be held criminally responsible? So why not the scum running Backpage? Only an idiot would believe that there is no prostitution and trafficking being advertised on their site.

UPDATE 3/24/2014: Hutchinson was sentenced to 15 to life while Young got 20 years, 10 months.