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Feds: Sex trafficking ring used Backpage.com ads
AP ^ | 5/24/12 | RYAN J. FOLEY

Posted on 05/24/2012 5:41:26 PM PDT by markomalley

A nationwide sex trafficking ring run by a violent pimp and his associates used Backpage.com to solicit customers for prostitutes as young as age 17, advertising the women as "smokin' hot babes," according to a federal indictment recently unsealed in Iowa.

A 50-page indictment alleges a New Jersey man used coercion and violence to force women between 17 and 21 to act as his sex workers between November 2009 and June 2011, when investigators broke up the ring during a sting operation at a hotel in Omaha.

The man, Johnelle L. Bell, 27, was arrested in New Jersey earlier this month and has been transported to Iowa to face a 12-count indictment, which includes charges of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and interstate transportation for prostitution. He has pleaded not guilty. Brittany Lawson, 21, who prosecutors say helped Bell manage the ring, was arrested last month in Hot Springs, Ark., and is expected to be arraigned in Iowa next week.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: moralabsolutes; prostitution; sex

1 posted on 05/24/2012 5:41:31 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

They were probably just looking for Secret Service agents.


2 posted on 05/24/2012 5:47:13 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: markomalley
investigators broke up the ring during a sting operation at a hotel

Really. Well how much are we paying the feds while they engage in this trafficking themselves?

3 posted on 05/24/2012 5:58:01 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: markomalley
This sounds very much like the sex trafficking case that was just broken up in Spokane, WA today. They also used Craig's list backpage ads.

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/4-arrested-in-Spokane-Countys-first-reported-human-trafficking-case-153737015.html

4 posted on 05/24/2012 6:09:06 PM PDT by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: markomalley

I’ve read recently that the liberal icon, the Village Voice is also guilty of this.


5 posted on 05/24/2012 6:10:54 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: lonevoice

Craig’s list and Backpages are two separate websites.


6 posted on 05/24/2012 6:19:46 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: markomalley

The sex industry has crept into every open information exchange since the days of town bulletin boards.


7 posted on 05/24/2012 7:43:49 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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‘The sex industry has crept into every open information exchange since the days of town bulletin boards.’

Which was when, 10,000 BC or so?


8 posted on 05/24/2012 8:48:38 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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