Despite support, sex trade ad bill faces uphill battle:
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 Unfortunately for right not the law is on Backpage’s side, a badly outdated law called the Communications Decency Act of 1996, but the law nonetheless.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.
Kirk, Alvarez Outline Anti-Sex Trafficking Agenda:
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.
Elijah B. Richardson and Jakia J. York
Two arrested on sex trafficking charges at Colonie motel:
19-year-olds Elijah B. Richardson and Jakia J. York were arrested in Colonie, New York for allegedly forcing a 21-year-old woman into prostitution. The pair are said to have advertised the woman on Backpage. Police say that the pair were keeping the woman hooked on heroin so she’s keep turning tricks for them.
Yet not only do people still believe in the consenting adults myth but Backpage continues to make money hand over fist in this modern-day slave trade. If you want to make the comparison between today’s sex slavery and the slavery prior to the US Civil War consider Backpage the auction house where slaves were bought and sold.
Milwaukee man faces charges of sex trafficking:
34-year-old Antoine Williams of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was recently arrested for allegedly prostituting a 19-year-old woman on Backpage in Nashville, Tennessee. I was actually going to pass on this story since it’s impossible for me to post about every sex trafficking story that takes place on Backpage. That was until I read how Williams was captured.
The victim used what the article called the state’s little-used human trafficking hotline. In case you were wondering like I was it’s 1-855-55-TNHTH and they have a Facebook page here.
First off, every state should have a human trafficking hotline if not a federal one to help people escape and secondly it should be openly posted in all hotel rooms.
A couple of stolen Chick-Fil-A cow costumes turn up on craigslist and it’s national news.
Yet the human traffickers and child molesters on craigslist still largely get a pass by national media.
Advertise the starting QB position for the Cleveland Browns on craigslist and it’s international news.
Yet the sex trafficking and child molesting that takes place on craigslist still gets a pass.
A.C. man charged with six counts of human trafficking:
30-year-old Donnie Bethea of Atlantic City, New Jersey has been charged with allegedly trafficking women against their will on Backpage. Bethea is said to have lured women into West Atlantic City motels then forced them into prostitution with threats of physical violence or actual bondage.
If you’re not familiar with the area West Atlantic City is not part of Atlantic City at all. It’s actually part of a disjointed municipality known as Egg Harbor Township but that’s neither here nor there. Having grown up near West Atlantic City I can tell you it’s always been bad news. When the casinos moved into Atlantic City it became a haven of prostitution. West Atlantic City became part of that haven due to its numerous cheap motels. It has almost become quite the human trafficking hub since you have quick access to Atlantic City, an hour’s ride to Philly on the A.C. Expressway and a 2 hour trip to New York on the Garden State Parkway. West Atlantic City is also where a still at large serial killer dumped the bodies of four women in the marshes.
So to me it comes as no surprise that a backpage trafficker was busted in West Atlantic City. The bigger surprise is how come more aren’t caught.
Solicit for a date for your (of age) stepdaughter on craigslist for the Tennessee-Florida game and it’s national news.
Yet the sexual slavery and trafficking that happens to women her age and younger on craigslist continues to be ignored.
I’ll keep banging this drum until the media and public are more aware of the sex trafficking that’s happening to women and children in our own backyards.
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Threaten to shoot your dog on craigslist and it’s national news.
Yet the online sex trafficking of women and children still gets a pass by the media.
Missouri man gets 20 years for keeping young woman as sex slave:
Edward Bagley Sr.
Last week 46-year-old Edward Bagley Sr. of Lebanon, Missouri was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for keeping a woman captive as his sex slave for years. You can check the archives to see my previous posts on this but I’ll try to sum up the low points of what Bagley did to his victim.
First he took the mentally challenged woman in as a 16-year-old girl, would trade her to his friends for things like cigarettes and steaks, would electrocute and torture her and broadcast it on the internet, made her sign what she thought was a legally binding document making her Bagley’s slave and lastly he had her vagina sewn shut. Those are just the ones I can pull off the top of my head. For those of you new to the story, yes Bagley is/was married and his wife was in on it as well.
As I’ve mentioned previously a lot of people who claim to be from the BDSM community think that this was nothing more than a master/slave, or dom/sub if you will, relationship. It was not. It was slavery at its basest form using coercion and violence against his victim. Most BDSM people who I know in real life say that they have never heard of any kind of consensual BDSM relationship like this and are shocked that any BDSM practitioners would try to say so.
As far as I’m concerned 20 years is nowhere near enough the sentence Bagley should have got. He’s nothing more than a modern-day slave trader. He got the 20 year sentence after entering into a plea deal back in January.
And if you are a BDSM practitioner great for you but this isn’t a government indictment on your lifestyle. It’s an indictment on one white trash hillbilly scumbag who took advantage of a 16-year-old girl for his own sadistic purposes. If you think anything else you may want to unzip the mouth hole on your gimp mask because your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen.