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Why haven’t we heard about Backpage lately?

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Man charged with prostituting minor on backpage.com:

Pierce Co. prosecutors: man pimped out two teenage girls:

Recently in Pierce County, Washington investigators there arrested 29-year-old Alfred Anthony Clark for allegedly prostituting two underage girls on Backpage. The girls are ages 16 and 17 and according to reports Clark promised the 16-year-old ‘nice things’ if she worked for him.

Sadly this is a typical story about Backpage and child sex trafficking but it’s been a while since I’ve posted a story about Backpage. Why is that? Has child sex trafficking on Backpage been curtailed? I doubt it. Backpage has implemented no new measures that I’m aware of and lawmakers have been stifled at every turn in trying to deal with Backpage. So why aren’t we hearing as many of these stories anymore? I think that it’s being under reported in the media. It’s really not surprising that this story came out of Washington State because it seems like anymore they’re the only market whose government and media are still interested in the plight of these kids. Mostly everywhere else it seems like that once Backpage ‘split’ from the Village Voice family of newspapers that the media thought “Well since they’re no longer a black eye against our industry we don’t care anymore.”

Not to mention that it was never front page news to begin with. As I’ve said in the past not enough people are outraged about this for these stories to be truly newsworthy. Outside of a number of anti-human trafficking activists no one really seems to care. As a society were to wrapped up in the latest celebrity or political gossip to give a damn about the multitudes of children that are sold for sex in this country every day.

But it only takes one person to start making a change. I implore you to be that person. Get involved. Tell a friend. Do something to make people more aware that slavery is still going on in our country today disguised as the adult section on Backpage.

2 charged in WA with being Backpage child pimps

Two men charged with prostituting teenager on Backpage.com:

2 men plead not guilty to Backpage prostitution charges:

28-year-old Eugene Andre Young and 25-year-old Claude Anthony Hutchinson have been charged in Pierce County, Washington with prostituting a 16-year-old girl on the Village Voice Media disowned Backpage.com.

The victim met the pair on a bus who told them they would cash a check for her. Instead they allegedly took her to a motel, took the usual explicit pictures of her and sold her on Backpage. The victim states she did what they told because they beat another girl who wouldn’t do what they asked of her. She escaped them then eventually went back to them because her mother didn’t want her.

A second victim states that Young beat her and raped her for refusing to work for Young.

How in any logical way is Backpage not partially responsible for this? If there was a brick and mortar business, for example let’s use a bar, and a prostitution ring was being run out of the business but the owner was not running the ring but was being paid to keep his mouth shut. Wouldn’t the bar owner be held criminally responsible? So why not the scum running Backpage? Only an idiot would believe that there is no prostitution and trafficking being advertised on their site.

UPDATE 3/24/2014: Hutchinson was sentenced to 15 to life while Young got 20 years, 10 months.