40-year-old Chad Lee Lindley of Fargo, North Dakota is looking at a 20 year stretch in prison on human trafficking charges. Police say that he was an aspiring pimp advertising for new recruits on craigslist…
“I do have job openings that will provide the fun, provide the case, and provide the lifestyle that you’ll love,”
“Gorgeous young women between the ages of 18 to 40 years old ready to make up to $10,000 or more a week,”
“Must be experienced or know what this job is, professional, seductive, passionate and most of all sexy.”
Now you should know by now that I want to eliminate all forms of human trafficking especially those that are proliferating on craigslist and Backpage however 20 years for this schmo is too extreme. Granted he’s a wannabe pimp assbag but as far as I could tell he never actually had any women working for him.
The problem is he’s being made an example. In 2009 North Dakota passed a law that specifically targeted human trafficking. This is the first time it’s being used in the Fargo area. While I most certainly agree that examples should be made out of traffickers this guy isn’t who you want as the poster boy for enforcing trafficking laws. You want the guy who has actually trafficked women and children and sold and traded them as sex slaves. You want the guy who has used violence and intimidation to keep their victims in line. This guy is just Henry Winkler in Night Shift.
Don’t get me wrong, the guy should be charged but any talk of 20 years when traffickers much more deadly than him get less than half of that is laughable.
UPDATE 9/3/2013: Lindley was sentenced to three years. I can live with that.