FBI Requests Public Help to Put Away Backpage Pimp

Jose Torres

It’s easy sometimes to feel helpless. Especially, in light of the all the horror Tony Ortega’s bosses at Backpage were able to unleash in the few years their human trafficking operation was cashing in on selling women and young children for sex, leaving a path of human misery in their wake.

Today, however, the FBI is asking for your help in bringing justice to one Backpage pimp. His name is Jose Torres and for years he was running his own version of Backpage scam. 

Promising tens of thousands of dollars for sex, Torres used Backpage to lure out-of-state escorts to New Jersey, then choked, raped and threatened them with death, federal authorities charge.

The FBI captured Jose Torres after finding four victims, but they believe there are substantially more out there.

Now the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are asking the public for help identifying them.

The victims may be in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts, New Hampshire, South Carolina and California, among other states, federal authorities said. 

In what has become a particularly troubling reoccurrence in cases like this, the FBI says Torres ‘hunted’ for his victims by scouring the sex trafficking ads of Backpage’s notorious “classified” section.

Promising big money, Torres “persuaded, induced and enticed” them to come to New Jersey from other parts of the country and Canada.

He picked up most of the women at Newark Airport after they paid their own way, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said. He then drove them either to his home or to a motel, the U.S. attorney said.

One woman was promised $20,000 to $30,000 a month to fly to the United States from Canada at least twice a month to be Torres’s private escort.

She, like the others, never got paid.

Torres picked up the woman from Canada at the airport last October and took her to a hotel in East Brunswick according to the FBI complaint.

When she asked for payment, it says, Torres told the victim that he was a police officer, then “forced her to engage in rough sexual inter-course, which included slapping her in the face, choking her and calling her derogatory names.”

Torres remains in federal custody.

Meanwhile, federal authorities asked that you contact them if you or anyone you know has been victimized or solicited by this Backpage pimp.

We can all play a part in bringing the liars, rapists, pedophiles (and cowardly defenders of the same) to justice.

If you or anyone you know has any information on Jose Torres, you can email: ReportJOT@fbi.gov.

As the FBI wrote in its statement today: “Your response is voluntary but would be useful in the federal investigation to identify you as a potential victim…Based on the response provided, you may be contacted by the FBI and asked to provide additional information.”

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