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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 Unfortunately for right not the law is on Backpage’s side, a badly outdated law called the Communications Decency Act of 1996, but the law nonetheless.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.

Illinois Senator to introduce anti-Backpage trafficking legislation

Kirk, Alvarez Outline Anti-Sex Trafficking Agenda:

 U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk

Unites States Senator Mark Kirk represents the state of Illinois. Along with Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez he is hoping to get legislation passed that would allow the government to take action against Backpage for facilitating sex trafficking. If you’ll notice I didn’t mention his political affiliation because when it comes to sex trafficking sides of the aisle shouldn’t matter.

Senator Kirk had some very poignant things to say about the matter…

“As President Obama has said, it’s time to call human trafficking what it really is – modern day slavery,” Sen. Kirk said. “Illinois was the first state in the nation to ratify the 13th amendment that abolished slavery – it makes sense for Illinois to lead the nation in a bipartisan effort to end human trafficking. We can start by putting an end to sex ads on websites like Backpage.com.”

“Everyone in America should be outraged that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin can make millions by victimizing young women,” Sen. Kirk added. “It’s time to bring Lacey and Larkin to justice.”

Lacey and Larkin are the scumbags that own Backpage.

The proposed legislation is called SAVE which stands for Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation. It would allow the government to shut down advertisements on websites promoting underage sex.

What the article I linked to doesn’t mention is that there are two overwhelming obstacles that this act would need to hurdle. The first of course is the Communications Decency Act of 1996. That act absolves website owners of any wrong doing if their users engage in criminal activity. As I’ve said numerous times before in internet years it might as well have been the Communications Decency Act of 1776. I doubt the drafters of the CDA had the sex trafficking of women and children in mind when the act was first passed. The second obstacle is the First Amendment of the US Constitution which guarantees the right to free press. Excuse me for not being anything even remotely close to a legal scholar but doesn’t the right for the victims of human trafficking to be free outweigh any right Backpage can claim when they’re making money from slavery? If there are any legal experts reading this please feel free to correct me.

I wish Senator Kirk and State Attorney Alvarez all the best with this but unfortunately the success rate for similar legislation has been nil.

Backpage pimp accused of raping 15-year-old girl

Charge: Kent man pimped runaway girls in Seattle, Portland:

Auburn man faces pimping charges in connection with 15-year-old girl he met in Kent:

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43-year-old Nathan Bonds was arrested back in June for allegedly pimping out a 15-year-old runaway girl on Backpage in the SeaTac and Portland, Oregon, areas. If that’s not repulsive enough Bonds allegedly raped the girl after first meeting her. Bonds then turned out the girl and a friend hers plus another woman on Backpage. I could go into more detail but why bother? I’d just be repeating every other child prostitution story involving Backpage I’ve ever posted. Pimp meets underage runaway, pimp rapes runaway, pimp turns out runaway on Backpage, repeat ad infinitum.

Outside of law enforcement no one is doing anything about this. Countless women and girls are being forced against their will into the business of sexual slavery. Human trafficking is so profitable to criminals because the resources, human beings, are constantly renewable.

Backpage continues to make millions of dollars from the advertisements of sexual slaves and cower behind the First Amendment. Lawmakers either refuse or are too ignorant of what’s going on to make amendments to the Communications Decency Act of 1996 that protects Backpage. Is Backpage’s so-called right to freedom of speech more important to the freedom of the women and children that are being peddled on their website?

My greatest hope is that someone will read this and join the cause to fight against the sexual slavery that’s being promulgated by Backpage.

Man who rented out room charged with sex trafficking

Room rental leads to human trafficking charges:

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In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, police arrested 33-year-old Garrett W. Frazier. Frazier is accused of placing an ad on Backpage for a room he was renting out. Police say the problem is he was renting it out to underage prostitutes and taking a cut of the money they made. Luckily the prostitutes and customers were actually Fort Lauderdale police. Now before everyone goes around crying entrapment I would imagine that there was something in Frazier’s Backpage ad that made it enticing for pimps and prostitutes.

One of the charges levied against Frazier is living off the earnings of a prostitute which makes me wonder. If individuals can be charged for making money from prostitution shouldn’t Backpage be charged as well? The ads they carry are not free and it’s obvious to even the simplest of minds that they’re for prostitution so why isn’t Backpage being charged.

Of course the answer to the is The Communications Decency Act of 1996 which absolves Backpage of the responsibility of what their users do no matter how illegal. As I’ve said previously I doubt in 1996 that Congress ever imagined that websites would be using this act to protect and profit from the sex trafficking of women and children. 18 years is ancient in internet terms and this law has become archaic. It’s past time that the government got together and passed a new law where sites like Backpage couldn’t profit from prostitution.

It’s not a free speech issue it’s a free people issue.

Sex trafficking by force is an oxymoron

Philly man faces charges of sex-trafficking by force:

Jerel Jackson

Jerel Jackson

For the not so latest online human trafficking news we return to Philadelphia where 28-year-old Jerel Jackson has been charged with allegedly prostituting several women on Backpage. Police say that he started ‘relationships’ with some of his victims before turning them out.

In one case, according to court papers, after two weeks of dating a woman he announced to her he was a pimp and that their relationship was changing. “You my bitch, you gonna have to work for me,” he told her.

Of course which brings us to the point of this post. Jackson, aka Jinx, would use violence to keep his girls in line including choking one of them who he accused of holding out on him. Jackson has been charged with sex trafficking by force which is an oxymoron because no one is ever trafficked willingly but if that’s what it takes to put these scumbags behind bars longer I’m all for it. Oh wait, Jackson is only looking at 15 years because no one gives a rat’s ass about the victims being trafficked which in this case also included an underage girl.

The only way justice will be served here is if Jackson is someone else’s bitch for 15 years and for all of Backpage’s money that they make of the backs and blood of these women mysteriously disappears.

Philly area Backpage child pimp sentenced

Indiscreet pimp gets 24 years for sex trafficking teen runaways:

Craig “Geez” Johnson. I think he's indicating what he's going to get from his new cellie.

Craig “Geez” Johnson. I think he’s indicating what he’s going to get from his new cellie.

Craig “Geez” Johnson was recently sentenced to 24 years behind bars for prostituting underage girls in Philadelphia and neighboring Bucks County. Of course he used Backpage to advertise the girls. Geez must be a master criminal to get around Backpage’s protocols to prevent children from being trafficked. Oh wait, that’s right. Any idiot can get around them if they even truly exist.

Anyway this is how little Geez cared about the law. He wouuld brag on his Facebook about his ‘business’…

A female friend reprimanded him. “This is not somethin u put on facebook… and show there(sic) faces, too,” she said

Johnson shot back, “You know what i do, they my girls they work for me i can put anybody i want uphere(sic) its call advertisement.”

So Johnson refers to his girls like you or would to a used car or a TV.

One of his victims claims she went on 50 dates for Johnson in 10 days. That means she was raped by 50 ‘hobbyists’ in 10 days who probably didn’t care that she was underage.

Prostitution is not a victimless crime no matter how you look at it and Backpage collecting money for it is just rubbing salt into the wounds of its victims.

Madam is just another word for pimp

Pawtucket police: Providence woman was ‘madam’ for underage girl:

14-Year-Old Protsituted out of Cranston Home:

Nicole Ferreira

Nicole Ferreira

Even with the use of sarcasm quotes I wish the media would refrain from referring to female pimps and traffickers as madams. It makes them seem less responsible for their crimes than their male counterparts. Not only that but the phrase madam conjures up images of Miss Kitty from Gunsmoke, Dolly Parton from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas or some equally fictionalized romanticism of madams. As I’ve said before female sex traffickers can be just as vicious if not more so with their victims.

While not necessarily vicious police in Pawtucket, Rhode Island arrested 21-year-old Nicole Ferreira for allegedly prostituting a 14-year-old girl on Backpage. The victim told police that Ferreira set her up on 50 ‘dates’. That means she was raped 50 times by johns. A 14-year-old girl can’t legally consent to sex whether she’s getting paid for it or not. When police questioned Ferreira about prostituting the girl she allegedly said “I just post the info and take the calls,” like she didn’t do anything wrong.

Both men and women are willing to trade illegally in the sexual slavery of children as evidenced here. Let’s not lessen the impact of the crime by calling them madams.

Family of Backpage child pimp says he was coerced into plea deal

Hill District man pleads guilty to child sex trafficking:

Pittsburgh man pleads guilty in rare human-trafficking court case:

William Miller

William Miller

I originally posted about William Miller here. He was arrested back in February of 2012 for prostituting what was then being reported as a 14-year-old girl. The articles now say that the girl was 15 at the time. Either way that’s still child prostitution. And of course Miller used Backpage to turn the girl out.

This past week Miller entered into a plea deal which will see him be sentenced to 12 years behind bars of federal child trafficking charges. This was after prosecutors dropped child porn charges against Miller because he allegedly took pictures of the girl having sex with him that he posted on Backpage. However the deal almost didn’t go through because of this…

While he agreed to most of that, he denied knowing she was a minor or that she planned to have sex on Feb. 10, 2012, when he drove her to the Quality Inn in Oakland.

Then what the hell did he think she was going there for? Housekeeping?

Also as I’ve said before not only is blood thicker than water it’s dumber than it too. Not only did we have someone who knows Miller try to defend him in the comments but Miller’s brother is also a victim blamer…

After the hearing, Miller’s brother, Romir Miller, said that an unemployed man like his brother, presented with an offer to work as security for a prostitute, “is going to look at that as an opportunity to make some money.”

Um…no, no he’s not. I and many other people have been unemployed for long periods of time without resorting to enslaving others to make them money.

Some of Miller;s family also believe he was coerced into taking responsibility for parts of the crime that he didn’t commit. What part of the crime did he not commit, the trafficking, the underage sex, or the production of child porn. I’m all ears on this one.

Also 12 years is a joke of a sentence. He probably could have been sentenced to more time on the child porn charge alone. Nationally the sentenced for child sex trafficking need to be increased.

Gun crime bad. Sex trafficking of children? Not so much.

Darius Mark Anthony Griffin

Darius Mark Anthony Griffin

Craigslist robbery attempts, sex trafficking net man 15 years:

22-year-old Darius Mark Anthony Griffin of Desert Hot Springs, California was recently sentenced for two crimes that he pleaded guilty to. One of the crimes was armed robbery and the other was prostituting an underage girl on craigslist. For both crimes he got 15 years. How do you think that sentence is broken down?

…13 years on the robbery counts and two years in the sex trafficking case…

You want to know why?

Darius Mark Anthony Griffin, 22, pleaded guilty on Aug. 20 to a pair of felony attempted robbery counts and admitted a sentence-enhancing firearm use allegation for those crimes, along with one count of trafficking a person younger than 18.

So there are no sentence enhancers for selling a girl into sexual slavery?

We so have the wrong priorities in this country.