The Backpage HIV Killer

We’ve talked a lot about Tony Ortega and the role he played giving political cover to the human trafficking website Backpage. We’ve looked at the prostitution, the rape, the murder and the child exploitation made possible by those who helped and supported Backpage over the years.

Now yet another horror story has emerged showing just how disgusting Backpage (and the people behind it) truly is. This week a Maryland man was arrested by authorities for knowingly passing HIV to four women who he met on Backpage.

The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Rudolph J. Smith of Frederick County, reportedly set up profiles on the now-defunct Backpage. He was indicted by a Frederick County grand jury, and police arrested him last Monday following a 2-year investigation.

Authorities were alerted to Smith’s actions in July 2017 when one of his victims came forward. The unnamed woman allegedly told police she may have contracted HIV after her contact with Smith.

According to CBS Baltimore, Smith was charged with four counts of first-degree assault and knowingly transferring HIV to another person.

Knowingly transferring HIV to another person carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $2,500 fine and it’s a crime seemingly tailor-made for an illicit site like Backpage.

Backpage, the site Ortega proudly boasted was untouchable under the First Amendment, became a hotbed for sexual predators thanks to its ‘anything goes’ policy toward the selling of sex-based advertising.

At one level it shouldn’t come as a shock anymore. As new stories emerge about the depth of depravity linked to Tony Ortega’s former darling, ‘The Backpage’, and of the men behind the operation — it really shouldn’t surprise us. And yet each fresh new horror reminds us of just what an on-going nightmare of destruction Tony Ortega’s bosses unleashed on the world. All to make a quick buck.

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