The Backpage Guilty Pleas Keep Stacking Up!

Recently on this blog we helped break the story of a former middle school teacher who admitted paying for sex with a 14-year-old girl trafficked on Backpage and his sentencing last week to 10 years in prison.

And last month we told you about a Wisconsin man who prosecutors say trafficked seven young women on Backpage, and now finds himself convicted of federal trafficking charges.

As of Tuesday of this week we can add another to this growing list of convictions. A California man who prosecutors say ran a criminal ring that trafficked underage girls on the illicit sex website Backpage.com pleaded guilty to a string of federal charges now faces a sentence of life in prison.

Ariel Guizar-Cuellar, 38, entered his guilty pleas in U.S. District Court in San Jose, marking the latest criminal case connected to the noxious Backpage webpage. The website, of course, was seized by federal agents in 2018 as part of a wide-ranging investigation into prostitution and child sex trafficking.

Prosecutors say Guizar-Cuellar oversaw a sex trafficking ring that sold sex with adult women and at least three underage girls on Backpage from September 2014 to January 2016.

In fact, U.S. Attorney David Anderson described Guizar-Cuellar as ‘the leader, primary facilitator, enforcer, and main financial beneficiary of the unlawful commercial sex venture.’ Anderson went on to say:

“He recruited the minors through social media networks. He took pictures of the minors and caused those pictures to be posted in online advertisements for their sexual services on Backpage.com”

As part of the plea agreement, Guizar-Cuellar admitted recording one of the girls as she was victimized in the scheme, giving the minor girls methamphetamine and telling them to lie about their ages.

He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children, three counts of sex trafficking of children and one count of sexual exploitation of children.

What kind of individual would bend over backwards to praise those responsible as ‘the men smart enough’ to start Backpage? Ask Tony Ortega because he did exactly that.

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