Child Sex-trafficking in America

Tony Ortega and Leah Remini

If you ask Tony Ortega about child sex-trafficking in America, he’s likely to give you the same set of repeated lies he’s given so many media outlets before.

Consider this whopper Ortega offered up in a propaganda piece he wrote in defense of Backpage shortly before authorities stepped in to pull the plug on the entire criminal organization: “Underage prostitution… exists at a level that is nothing like what is being trumpeted [by] activists who want to put us out of business.”

Tony Ortega is so indoctrinated by his bogus ideological group-think that he doesn’t even understand there is no crime on the books called ‘child prostitution’. That’s a euphemism fictitiously created by Ortega to imply that there is an element of consent and that these children have made a choice to be sex workers.

This reveals so much about the cruel blind-eye both Ortega and his overlords at the Backpage turned toward the victims of the long-running, child sex ring they operated through the Backpage website.  The fact is there is no such thing as ‘child prostitution — its real name is child sex-trafficking.

But Tony Ortega doesn’t stop there. He calls the hard data on the alarming spike in sex trafficking Backpage gave rise to nothing more than ‘junk science’ used by ‘fear-mongering activists’ and ‘manipulative religious groups’ to extort money from Congress in order to pursue their agenda.

Well, if there is anyone who would know about pursuing an agenda through fear-mongering it is surely Tony Ortega. With that in mind we have some questions we’d like to put to Ortega, the self-styled Backpage Propagandist-At-Large.

What about the man in Tampa who was arrested this June and charged with trafficking two teen girls via Backpage? Was this just another example of junk science?

How about the Houston man who was convicted this summer of trafficking women on Backpage with threats physical force? Was this a crime manipulated by religious groups?

What about the Chicago man recently sentenced by a federal judge to life in prison for forcing women and children to engage in sex acts, which Backpage directly profited from…? Simply more of that widespread moral panic propagated by ‘fear-mongering activists’, right?

Or the nine defendants sentenced to significant prison terms for Backpage sex trafficking and related offenses in Des Moines?

Or the two Delaware men pleading guilty to sex trafficking a 15-year-old girl in Baltimore through Backpage?

Or the 12 members of a Westside Crip criminal street gang in San Diego who pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy involving drug trafficking, sex trafficking and other violent crimes using Backpage?

Or the leader of a Queens, N.Y.-based child sex trafficking ring sentenced to 15 years in prison for trafficking a dozen minors in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, using Backpage to advertise underage girls for sex?

The list goes on and on in a seemingly endless litany of Backpage horrors. Tony Ortega’s excuses, his half-baked defenses, his attempts at misdirecting outrage towards of the victims of these crimes, however, never change. He’s forever caught in a cycle of peddling the same old lies.

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