32-year-old Baruti Hopson of Seattle was convicted of prostituting an underage girl on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com. The problem is he wasn’t there to hear his conviction. He testified in his own defense but since he was out on bail he decided to just skip the verdict. So now he has the new charge of being a fugitive to look forward to.
Hopson’s victim was a runaway who he took in then turned her out on the streets or in this case backpage.
Hopson’s case was the first heard under new Washington laws that increase the maximum sentences for child traffickers.
Under the enhanced legislation, pimps face standard sentences of seven to 10 years, up from roughly two, if the victim is under 18. Hopson faces a prison sentence of 20 to 26 years once he’s captured.
How sad is it that the sentencing was recently just two measly years for traffickers? It’s even sadder that the new law only gives them seven years? The saddest thing of all is that Village Voice Media keeps counting their mountains of cash while these girls are sold and traded on their website.
In 10 years Geebo.com never had a trafficking ad.’
Backpage crime post #85
Prostitution/Human Trafficking post #666