A Predatory Reign of Terror

We here have spent more than our fair share of time reading about the Backpage. The sickening familiarity of the countless stories of those victimized by this soulless corporation willing to sell children to sex pests for cold, hard cash never ceases to appall us.

Tony Ortega might celebrate the Backpage as a “First Amendment Rights” champion but, like so many of Ortega’s ‘opinions’, the lie at the center of his thinking is only too clear for anyone with sense enough to see past the dog and pony show of his wholly manufactured, self-righteousness.

As if further evidence were required to further expose the long con Tony Ortega has been working on his reading public in his shameless defense of Backpage, today we received word of a heartbreaking story which stands as a stark reminder of the evil Backpage knowingly facilitated.

A Bronx man was convicted in Manhattan federal court of pimping out at least four minors for sex — including one victim who was just 8 years old.

Claudius English, 45, used the Internet in 2013 to find, recruit and lure minor victims to his apartment, where he photographed them in sexually suggestive poses, the feds said. English then sent the photographs to his regular clients, and created advertisements that he posted on Backpage offering them up for sale.

On one occasion, prosecutors say, English made plans to take one of his clients to meet a 13-year-old and an 8-year-old at a Chuck E. Cheese in Harlem, where the kids were being dropped off by their babysitter.

There were also times when English turned violent to get what he wanted — he lured a 14-year-old girl from New Jersey to his apartment and, when she tried to leave, he pointed a loaded gun at her head.

Thankfully that young girl managed to escape several hours later and call 911, which led to English’s arrest.

US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said during the conviction hearing:

“As a unanimous jury determined without hesitation, Claudius English engaged in a predatory reign of terror and exploitation of children – girls as young as 8 years old. Thanks to HSI and the NYPD, English now awaits a lengthy prison sentence.”

Angel Melendez, the special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations, added:

“English chose a business of preying on children as young as 8 and exploiting their innocence, forcing them to have sex with his already established clientele… He carried out his predatory acts and targeted minors on the internet, once again highlighting the importance of internet safety.”

The Bronx pimp faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 27 years in prison for the conviction and up to life behind bars.

Reading this story whose position do you side with? Do you believe Tony Ortega who downplays the constant refrain of similar news stories insisting events like this aren’t the real issue, the media’s reporting is the issue? Or do you agree with those who see through Tony Ortega’s attempt to sanitize these horrors by insisting Backpage was engaging in something other than it was – a predatory reign of terror and exploitation of children?

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