Serial rape suspect taken into custody:
Accused serial rapist captured in Gwinnett County:
After being on the run for a week police in Gwinnett County, Georgia arrested 23-year-old Joseph Tyler Sivonda on rape charges. Police believe that Sivonda would order a prostitute off of Backpage and when they showed up to his apartment complex he would force them into a vacated apartment at gunpoint and rape them. Five victims have come forward but police say there may be more. However for someone who police believe is a serial rapist he’s only being held on $2400 bond. He should be held on at least a six figure bond. Anybody could post the bond that he got and he could be out at anytime looking for more victims.
Also this is yet another problem that Backpage has a hand in yet doesn’t do anything about as long as the money keeps coming in. They don’t care how many women and girls are raped, trafficked or killed.
Nahshon Kornegay sentenced to 10 years for pimping in Rockville:
Nahshon Kornegay of District Heights, Maryland was recently sentenced to 10 1/2 years for prostituting two women in Rockville, Maryland. He had advertised them on Backpage of course.
Kornegay was convicted back in January and argued that the women chose to work for him and that there are no victims even though Kornegay used threats of violence to keep the women working for him. Thankfully the judge and jury disagreed. As a matter of fact the prosecution stated that Kornegay continued to prostitute women even from behind bars including the mother of his child. Stay classy.
Which just goes to show you that these pimps and traffickers obviously only care about making the money under any means necessary. Much like Backpage itself for allowing these ads for sexual slavery to continue.
Man charged with pimping teen runaway:
Police in San Antonio, Texas arrested 32-year-old Ysidro Esquivel for allegedly prostituting a 16-year-old girl on Backpage. The girl was a runaway who Esquivel allegedly took explicit pictures of in order to turn her out on Backpage. He made her go on about 10 dates.
Ok, hold up for a second. These meetings between johns and sex trafficking victims should not be called dates. They’re not going to an ice cream social, these girls are basically being violated for money. Let’s call them what they are, paid rapes.
Anyway, Esquivel plied the girl with cocaine in order to get her to stay awake and when she tried to leave he said that she can’t because she belongs to him now. I would almost guarantee that was said under some threat of violence.
These pimps and traffickers treat their victims much like an abusive third world farmer would treat their field animals. Backpage is fully aware of this and not only does little to stop it but there has been no real repercussions against them. What will it finally take before something is done about the sexual slave trade that Backpage willingly provides at a profit?
What a GIS brought up for ‘Gucci Prada’
Feds: Couple forced underage girl, others into Philly prostitution:
Federal investigators have charged Christian Dior Womack, aka Gucci Prada, of Chester, Pennsylvania of running a prostitution ring in Philadelphia that included at least one underage girl who was advertised on Backpage. Ok, hold up for a minute so we can get the tee-hee tickle party put of the way first. Your government name is Christian Dior but you use Gucci Prada as your street name? I’m going to start calling myself London Fog Burberry.
What Womack did was far from funny though. He’s accused of using coercion and threats of violence to turn out the underage girl. He’s also accused of forcing at least two women at gunpoint to work for him. Arrested as his accomplice and equal partner was Rashidah “Camille” Brice.
The lack of detail on their crimes is disheartening because it shows how little that some media outlets care about the online sex trafficking of underage girls. We already know how little Backpage cares.
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.
Bill Would Make Prostitution Advertisements a Crime:
Texas State Representative Jose Manuel Lozano recently introduced a bill to the Texas legislature that would make it a crime to buy advertising for prostitution. He nicknamed it the Backpage bill since it’s mostly focused on the always dubious Backpage.com.
In a hearing before the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, Lozano used his iPad to demonstrate the current advertising on Backpage.com. He read an ad offering the services of a “young, hot, freaky, addicting, petite young Latina.”
His proposal would make it a felony to buy such advertising and might press Backpage.com to get out of the business.
I get the feeling the young Latina in question was not advertising her services as a math tutor.
While admire Representative Lozano’s intentions so far all state laws designed to curtail sex trafficking on Backpage have failed under judicial challenge. I haven’t heard much about Rep. Lozano’s bill but I don’t have much hope for it. While I look forward to a day when Backpage no longer deals in human trafficking I have yet to hear of any legislation that has the magic words that would allow it to survive challenge. Unfortunately I doubt this bill has it either.
Roeder and Hathaway
Women Charged with Trafficking Teen Girl:
33-year-old Elizabeth Roeder of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and 41-year-old Shannon Hathaway of Stoughton, Wisconsin were both arrested in River Grove, Illinois for allegedly prostituting a 17-year-old girl on Backpage. They were caught by Cook County detectives who were working a prostitution sting. Cook County is one of the jurisdictions who have been taking an active role in fighting online sex trafficking since the days of craigslist.
While sex trafficking is a crime usually run by men it’s not uncommon for women to be traffickers and pimps as well. Don’t call them ‘madams’ because that makes them sound classy and there’s nothing classy about trafficking children for sex. Women traffic can be just as violent and vicious as the men if not more so in some cases.
And as usual Backpage continues to make money hand over fist from cretins like this.
Malden man charged with child trafficking:
Pair charged in trafficking of girl for sex:
Malden man, Lynn woman indicted on child sex trafficking charges:
24-year-old David Minasian of Malden, Massachusetts and 23-year-old Madonna Say of Lynn, Massachusetts have been indicted on federal charges of prostituting a 15-year-old girl on Backpage. The girl was a runaway who Minasian and Say allegedly took to Florida to have her work as a prostitute for them. On the way there the pair supplied the girl with booze, weed and percocet. Originally they told the girl that they would split the money but of course they didn’t. Then when they got back to Massachusetts they told the girl they she owed them money for the drugs they gave her. They also took explicit pictures of her when they advertised her on Backpage.
While the pair are being held without bail they are looking at a max of 25-years.
The statutory minimum penalty for sex trafficking of a child is 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The statutory minimum penalty for sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion is 15 years, followed by five years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
Unless the sentences are concurrent then they’re looking at a max of 15. In reality I’ll be surprised if they even get 10. These sentences need to be tougher. When dealing in prostitution and human trafficking if you really want to discourage these kinds of crimes they need to make the risk much greater than the reward.
Meanwhile Backpage is still making profits off of these kids being trafficked and very few people actually care.
Two charged with the sex trafficking of a minor:
31-year-old Daniel Tanck and 29-year-old Robert Palermo, both of Rochester, NY, have been charged with prostituting a 14-year-old girl on Backpage.com. The victim states that the pair knew her true age and had taken photos of her to post on Backpage.
When the girl went missing the girl’s mother went through the girl’s Facebook page and saw a picture of her daughter on Tanck’s Facebook page. This leads me to believe that the girl may have been recruited by Tanck on Facebook. Social media is a breeding ground for pimps and traffickers looking to prey upon young girls. They promise them a life of money and partying before putting them out on the street or worse. So as I always say, parents, please keep track of your child’s internet activity. You are the only defense between your kids and monsters like this.
Sadly Tanck and Palermo are only looking at 10 years behind bars and even sadder Backpage continues to make a profit off of these girls that are being sold for sex and have no signs of stopping.
Silvio Raul Illescas
Elmsford man charged in 2 hotel rapes:
Silvio Raul Illescas, of Elmsford, charged in 3rd hotel rape:
This story is a month old so I apologize for not bringing it to you sooner however I just received it myself.
Anyway, 40-year-old Silvio Raul Illescas was arrested early in March for allegedly raping three escorts that he found off of Backpage in Westchester County, New York. He is accused of taping two of the women in Greenburgh and one in Tarrytown. Police say that he raped at least one of the women at knifepoint cutting her. She sustained minor injuries as far as the knife goes. Investigators are also said to be looking at Illescas in other possible rapes as well.
I think that a lot of these scumbags pick prostitutes as their target not only because of the ease of access to them online but also they think that not only will they not report it but if they do that police won’t believe them. Thankfully it seems today that police do care. There was a time that this was not the case.
You know who doesn’t care? Backpage of course. They still go on waving the First Amendment in everybody’s face while women are being raped and killed through their website. Meanwhile they’re taking their blood money all the way to the bank without fear of any kind of legal reprisal. It’s sad that this is the world we live in and very few people seem to actually care about it.