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Can a website be blamed for prostitution? If it’s Backpage they can.

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Last week the Allentown Morning Call posted a four page article about the issues local police have been having with prostitution and Backpage. I’ve seen the article ridiculed online with people saying “You can’t blame a website for prostitution.” They’re wrong, you sure as hell can.

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.

14-year-old Ga. girl prostituted and impregnated by Backpage pimp

Arthur Gerald Reid

Arthur Gerald Reid

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.

Twin Cities Backpage child pimp busted

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25-year-old Dontre D’Sean McHenry of St. Paul, Minnesota, was arrested in Minneapolis by Homeland Security for allegedly trafficking three minor girls ages 15-17 on Backpage and Facebook for the purposes of prostitution. The 15-year-old was a runaway while the 17-year-old was said to have recruited the 16-year-old.

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.

Hell freezes over: Backpage actually alerted law enforcement

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Human Trafficking Arrests in Tallahassee:

Two arrested in prostitution operation on North Monroe Street:

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.

Dallas Backpage pimp lured teen through Mocospace

Dallas man accused of luring teen to run away via social media, prostitute:

Man accused of selling 13-year-old runaway for sex for three months:

Ladarin Franklin

Ladarin Franklin

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.

Black Hitler: Bitch set me up

‘Black Hitler’: Alleged hooker made the whole thing up:

Sherman Gamble

Sherman Gamble

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 18% (From the mouth of Liz McDougall VII)

In offensive against sex trafficking, Ann Wagner steps into controversial realm:

Backpage attorney Liz McDougall

Backpage attorney Liz McDougall

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.

Michigan’s Backpage Killer sentenced

Man sentenced to life for killing 4 Michigan women:

Backpage.com killer stays in cell on sentencing day:

James Brown

James Brown

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.

Backpage responds to latest legislative effort against them (From the mouth of Liz McDougall VI)

Despite support, sex trade ad bill faces uphill battle:

Backpage attorney Liz McDougall

Backpage attorney Liz McDougall

I originally posted about the SAVE act proposed by Illinois Senator Mark Kirk here. Backpage has responded to the latest threat through usual means with the typical response.

Let’s hear from Backpage’s legal weasel Liz McDougall…

“The aim of stopping the sex trafficking of minors, indeed the trafficking of any human being, is laudable,” Backpage.com attorney Liz McDougall wrote. “However, identifying and vilifying a single U.S. website (previously craigslist, now Backpage.com) as the cause of the problem and the key to the solution are ill-founded and unproductive.”

So according to Backpage it’s laudable to stop sex trafficking but more importantly it’s profitable so we’re not going to stop. Also vilifying Backpage is not unproductive considering they’re the online leaders of where women and children are trafficked. Unfortunately for right not the law is on Backpage’s side, a badly outdated law called the Communications Decency Act of 1996, but the law nonetheless.

Let’s be realistic here. Backpage makes their money through the purchasing of ads where these women and children are advertised as prostitutes. They’ll make grand gestures that they screen the ads but deep down I think they know where their money is coming from yet Backpage owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin continue to wallow in their prostitution profits while paying Liz McDougall to do tricks for the people.

Female pimp busted in Daytona Backpage sting

Daytona woman charged with human sex trafficking:

Lashonda Riley

Lashonda Riley

Police in Daytona Beach, Florida, recently arrested 23-year-old Lashonda Riley for allegedly turning out a 17-year-old girl on Backpage. Hey Backpage, how are those safeguards working? Doesn’t seem to be working too well if you ask me.

Riley is also accused of beating the teen if she thought the girl was holding back any money. As I’ve said before female pimps should never be referred to as ‘Madams’ because there’s nothing ladylike about them.

Also once again here we have a case where the prostitute was neither consenting nor an adult. That myth should be long-buried by now.