Police in Happeville, Georgia have charged Tahreem Zeus Rana with allegedly shooting and killing 26-year-old Vernicia Woodard then burning her body in an attempt to destroy evidence. Before his arrest Rana was an Atlanta police officer. He reportedly met his victim on either craigslist or Backpage depending on the source. I haven’t seen any confirmation if Ms. Woodard was a prostitute but that shouldn’t matter. No one should have to bury someone who has been set on fire and possibly burned beyond recognition just so someone could try to throw investigators off their tail.
Thankfully the Happeville police thought more of Ms. Woodard’s life than her killer as they were able to track him from the internet correspondence between the two however Rana fled. He was apprehended at the Atlanta airport before he could board a flight to Mexico.
So far no motive has been given the killing. I’ll post more as details become available. To my recollection this is the first time that a supposed craigslist killer has been a cop.
The girl was found to have several ads for prostitution on the site, according to arrest reports.
Both Wellses had user names posting ads, police said. Both admitted using their credit card to post the ads.
Such a complex scheme rivaling of some of the greatest criminal capers in history. No wait, scratch that. That’s how every ad for an trafficked teen is placed on Backpage. So what exactly does your process entail Backpage because it’s obviously not working.
I don’t know if I’ve made this offer to you yet Backpage but I’m going to make you the same one I made to craigslist. I’ll give you the solution to all this then you can pay me a tidy consulting fee. Do you know what the best way is to prevent teens from being trafficked in sexual slavery on your website? Stop publishing ads for prostitution.
Think about it. Do you think that the people, and I use that term loosely, that run Backpage think that all the ads on the adult section of the site are for legal services? Of course not. Any idiot cab see that the ads are for prostitution. Yet they still collect money from these ads while saying they’re doing all they can to stop sex trafficking. Obviously they’re not doing all they can or they’d stop taking the money.
Our favorite spokesweasel, Liz McDougall, was even quoted for the article…
Backpage.com removes or blocks about a million ads per month, notably those that appear to involve minors or sex for money, said Liz McDougall, the site’s general counsel. And it has cooperated with police.
I’d like to see the ads they block since the ones they allow are obviously for sex for money and minors are still being trafficked on their website. Yet they’re still collecting the money. How many of those ads are there for Backpage to collect the millions of dollars they make in profit every year?
So can a website be blamed for prostitution? As long as they’re collecting the money and turning an obviously blind eye to the women and children that are being trafficked on their site then they damn well can be blamed.
Recently 27-year-old Arthur Gerald Reid of Macon, Georgia, tried to get out of his guilty plea during a sentencing hearing. Back in 2013 Reid pleaded guilty to prostituting a 14-year-old girl on Backpage. He also got the girl pregnant as well. As usual with these gutless cowards Reid used threats of intimidation and violence to get the girl to work for him.
Reid tried getting out of his plea by saying that he didn’t understand what he was agreeing to. Thankfully the judge didn’t buy it.
The really sad part is that some of the girl’s family don’t want her around because they fear they’re in danger while other members of her family call her a whore.
I’m sure if asked Backpage would just call this a byproduct of their freedom of speech while wrapping themselves in the flag.
McHenry is facing 10 to life but somehow I think it will be closer to the 10 then the life. While the government may talk a big game about human trafficking they rarely put the sentencing behind their words.
I’m sure Backpage kept the money that was used to advertise these girls.
Make peace with your maker for the end is nigh. Backpage.com, the unapologetic online home of sex trafficking, actually contacted a law enforcement agency over concerns that one of the girls advertised on their site was underage.
This led to the arrests of Derek Reddick and Christine Thurman in Tallahassee, Florida. They’ve been charged with allegedly prostituting a 16-year-old girl on Backpage.
I’m glad that two more scumbag traffickers are off the streets but since Backpage actually contacted law enforcement
doesn’t this mean they are publicly admitting they are quite aware of the illegal activity that’s taking place on their site? Which in turn would mean that they know that they are making money off of prostitution and child prostitution which last time I checked was still a crime. I may be thinking in very simplistic terms since I’m not a legal scholar but you would think there would be at least some kind of PR backlash.
Most people don’t care about the sex trafficking of children. They think it’s ‘uncomfortable’ to discuss. Np one cares about the women and children that are being sold as cattle and repeatedly raped for money. They think it doesn’t happen in their community.
Grow up people, it’s happening all over the US and not just in the slums. It’s happening in the suburbs and your gated communities as well. This is a real problem and we’re all letting Backpage make a ton of cash on the backs and knees of these women and girls.
If this was an SAT test it would be one of those sentences like Mocospace is to Texas like Pennsylvania is to MeetMe. The Lone Star State’s fascination with the social site/mobile gaming app continues.
32-year-old Ladarin Franklin, aka Bloodshot, of Dallas is accused of allegedly luring a 13-year-old girl into prostitution after meeting the girl on Mocospace. Franklin is accused of convincing the girl to leave home and turning her out for 3 months. Where did he turn the girl out? Why Backpage of course. Another criminal mastermind who got past Backpage’s defenses, or just some guy with a pre-paid credit card probably.
I can’t stress this enough to parents, know what apps are on your kids’ phones and know who everyone is on theor friends list.
As for Backpage the young girl who was forced to be raped by strangers for money is just another exercise in their free speech if you ask them.
I originally posted about 54-year-old Sherman Gamble of Manhattan, aka Black Hitler, here. He was arrested back in March for not only allegedly prostituting several women on Backpage but also for attempted murder, kidnapping, assault and strangulation. The name Black Hitler is derived from what he allegedly said to a prostitute that he is accused of savagely beating.
“I am going to kill you,” bellowed the one-man Gestapo during the beatings, claimed the hooker, who originally told cops she was Gamble’s grandson’s nanny. “You don’t know who I am. I am the black Hitler!”
Gamble was offered a plea deal for three years but he rejected it. He’s claiming that this victim made the whole story up.
“He’s not considering it,” said his lawyer Norman Steiner. “This case is a fabricated story by a not credible witness who masqueraded as a nanny to avoid having her parents find out she was a prostitute.”
Yeah, because violent pimps are obviously more trustworthy.
Personally I think the plea deal is pathetic. This scumbag deserves to be in prison for life. No word on how much time he’s facing at trial but whatever it is it won’t be enough.
Meanwhile Backpage just keeps counting their money from the ads placed by filth like Gamble.
The article I linked to from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is about how U.S. Representative Ann Wagner (MO) is endorsing the SAVE Act. The Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act would make it illegal for U.S. websites to allow advertising for prostitution.
In the same article the AIM Group claims that 82 percent of all online prostitution takes place on Backpage.
Yet here is all that Backpage’s mouthpiece and lawyer Liz McDougall had to say about it…
“Despite the comments of some legislators, the problem and proposed legislation are Internet-wide, not restricted to or caused by Backpage.”
Which basically translates to ‘Oh yeah? Well what about the other 18 percent?’ Pathetic and cowardly.
This past Tuesday 26-year-old James Brown, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, was sentenced to life without parole for the murders of Renesha Landers, 23, and Demesha Hunt, 24, Natasha Curtis, 29, and Vernithea McCrary, 28. If you haven’t been following the story Brown killed the women after answering their advertisements on Backpage. The four victims were working as prostitutes but that shouldn’t devalue their lives or Brown’s sentencing.
In pairs Brown left their bodies in abandoned cars in Detroit although the murders took place at his home. One of the cars he lit on fire in an attempt to destroy evidence.
Like the coward that he is Brown stayed in his cell rather than go to court to face his sentence. I mean, how bad do you have to be for a Michigan judge to say that he wished that Brown could have been sentenced to more than just life. This coming from a state that has never had a death penalty since it was accepted into the Union.
Yet Backpage’s business continues unabated like the victims never existed or had family and friends that loved them. I’m sure you’re tired of me saying this but every penny they make from the prostitution ads is nothing but blood money. Hopefully one day there will be a reckoning for Backapge and its owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.