Then I flipped him over and gave him a hand job. Within a week she had paid off the negative balance on her bank account and soon after had enough money to save herself from eviction. L is now in her 50s. She rents an office in a nice building with a receptionist, and, for a dozen years, hand jobs have paid all her bills. Unlike a lot of women in the business, L actually knows therapeutic massage, and so this, with an orgasm at the end, became her niche.
Everyone calls it different things, but that's what works for me. After her initial forays on Craigslist, L moved to advertising on Backpage, where the clients tended to be less flaky. She kept their numbers, and ignored their calls. But for everyone else, she told them to look her up on Backpage—she was easy to find—and give her a call. This worked for her. She was her own boss, with flexible hours, time for herself, and with a few exceptions, she always felt safe. She also felt like she was performing a valuable service for her clients, who, for whatever reason, needed her.
I just waited until he was done and ready to say what was going on. He'd been working himself to death and denying his physical needs to avoid the pain of his wife's passing. I helped him get past what he was afraid to face by himself. Not all of L's clients are grieving widowers, but, despite stereotypes of men who pay for sex as brutal, aggressive, women-haters, they aren't all bad guys, either.
The law, however, as well as cultural stigma, prevents sex-buyers from coming out. L would like to continue this work, but last week, Backpage, her one source of clients, disappeared. When L went to Backpage last Friday, she was greeted by an unfamiliar image. Where classifieds used to be, there was a notice saying that Backpage had been seized by the FBI. Earlier that day, she would soon find out, the Feds had raided the homes of Backpage co-founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
According to documents unsealed on Monday, the two, along with five other Backpage employees, have been indicted on 93 charges, including conspiracy to commit money laundering and facilitate prostitution.
Backpage says that the company blocks ads that involve minors and reports them to law enforcement, but the site has long been accused of enabling both prostitution and human trafficking.
Human trafficking, however, exists in far more industries than just sex: The International Labour Organization estimated that, as of , there were 4. Sex is just a part of the human trafficking problem, but it's the only part we hear about.
There is good reason for this: There has been a sustained effort on the part of anti-sex work campaigners to conflate human trafficking with sex work, despite the fact that not all sex workers are victims, and many sex workers are just like L, who chose to work in this trade.
In fact, some sex workers say the ability to post their own ads on sites like Backpage actually helped them get out of trafficking. I didn't have to justify it to anyone. For the very first time, the oldest profession has transparency, record keeping, and safeguards.
It's hard to count the number of ads I looked at the pictures for because of the style of the view, but it was probably hundreds. I further searched for "amber alert" which returned zero results and "amber" which returned a single ad for a something woman named Amber. I believe you, that some of what you've described has happened, but it doesn't seem clear that this is a significant percentage of the ads. I question your depiction of Backpage's position on the issue. Did they refuse to take down a particular ad which obviously contained pictures of child rape?
What really happened here? IAmEveryone 3 months ago. You seem to have missed this paragraph: This directly addresses your argument: I specifically pointed out that I searched that key word and found no results. Even if that keyword has fallen out of use, surely something would've shown up in the hundreds of ads I looked at.
I'm trying to be a reasonable person here. What should I do to validate OP's claims? I even doubled down and looked at some actual accounts in court claims articles about them. It says that backpage filtered searches for some key words associated with child sex trafficking but not some others, and not some misspellings of those words. Of course as soon as BP filters some words the criminals will start using others.
What is the reasonable test here? They don't attempt to deny that they publish these ads. They do claim that the first amendment and the Communications Decency Act mean they're blameless for doing so.
The fact that Backpage was telling advertisers how to avoid the filters is also widely accepted. In fact, it's worse: Backpage developed software to automatically change ads before moderating the ads. Watch the video and read the Chairman's comments: And some of those ads involved child sex trafficking.
By October , Backpage executives formalized a process of both manual and automated deletion of incriminating words and phrases in ads. Instead, the Strip Term From Ad filter simply altered ads to conceal signs of illegality.
They put profits ahead of vulnerable women and children. The evidence is clear that Backpage deliberately edited out words indicative of child sex trafficking and other crimes from ads. Backpage also systematically deleted scores of words indicative of prostitution.
And when law enforcement officials came asking for more information about suspicious ads—as they routinely did—Backpage had already destroyed the original ad posted by the pimp or trafficker. The evidence was gone. At least when it was semi-public coordinated police efforts could have tackled some of these prostitution rings. Now that these forums are being taken down the conversations will just move to other places which will be harder to observe.
There's a lot of money involved in crimes like this and I doubt the crimes will stop overnight for lack of marketplace. Just like when Silk Road was taken down and many more darknet markets sprung up to fill the void. It's generally accepted among researchers that the Internet makes life easier for people trafficking sex, and harder for law enforcement to investigate those crimes. This is especially the case in something like Backpage, where they had a policy to not report to law enforcement, and to provide incomplete information to law enforcement.
Backpage was claiming to be a dumb pipe. They were giving advice to advertisers about which words to use or avoid.
They knew advertisers were selling rape of children, they told those advertisers how to do it. And so when they made reports to law enforcement they had to withold some information - the bits where they'd helped the pimps - because that showed they were not dumb pipes. From what I've read about Backpage, prostitution actually moved back to the street, where it happens to be much easier to police. But drugging, kidnapping, and raping is already illegal.
Arrest the people offering the service. How is this not clear? So much the better if they advertise themselves as maw breakers. People were advertising on Backpage. Backpage wanted that money, and wanted them to continue advertising, and so Backpage gave advice to these gangs about how to advertise in a manner that reduced law enforcement attention. By giving advice about editing the ads and by not keeping the original ads, Backpage made it harder for law enforcement to take action.
Backpage and look, osme HN users too suggest it's better to have the ads on Backpage where Backpage can report to law enforcement. But that didn't happen, backpage had a policy of not reporting these ads and complaining about staff who did report them. Here's the contents page: Backpage didn't cooperate with law enforcement. Backpage may also have tried to manipulate the number of child-exploitation reports it forwards to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Law enforcement couldn't see the original unedited ads. Although Backpage often responds to grand jury subpoenas and other law enforcement requests for documents about criminal activity, including by providing copies of advertisements in the adult section, it may well have provided only the edited version of certain ads—without providing the original user-submitted content or disclosing that an ad may have been altered.
There is no indication, however, that Backpage has included such information in subpoena responses. They had a policy to not report ads to law enforcement. The pimps try to make the 15 year olds look And the distinction of whether the person in the ad is 17 or 18 is pretty arbitrary. The least HN can do is read the fucking documents. On the one hand that seems fair- but suppose craigslist is doing all it can to police its site, at a certain point criminals can outsmart them by using secret codes or other less obvious subversion tactics.4 Apr According to Dawn Hawkins, executive director for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Backpage posts one million sex ads a day. They contacted Backpage and asked for i) those images to be taken down city's backpage site, and perused the "dating" as well as "massage" services section. . Backpage Automatically Deleted Incriminating Words From Sex Ads Prior to. getskilled.eu backpage videos, free sex videos. Dirty miami backpage hoe with nasty asshole. (39 sec) 50, hits Massage backpage. (5 min) 5, hits.