22-year-old Richard Anderson of Illinois was recently arrested in St. Louis for allegedly prostituting a 17-year-old girl on the Village Voice Media-owned backpage.com.
As is expected in these stories Anderson is another coward who preys on children. According to police reports Anderson started turning the girl out when she was 16 and had been doing for 6 months when Anderson was arrested in a sting operation. Also as usual Anderson is accused of keeping all the money the girl made for himself and one time broke the girl’s nose by punching her in the face after she refused to see a john. Of course, Anderson was the one who is said to have placed the ads on Backpage.
Hey Liz McDougall, how are those stringent reviews of the adult ads going? Didn’t you say they’re designed to keep children off of Backpage? And didn’t you recently sue the state of Washington for trying to enforce an ID check for people who post to the adult ads on Backpage?
You’re doing a bang-up job of keeping traffickers from victimizing kids on your website. If you keep up the good work you’ll have that trafficking thing licked any day now.
In case you couldn’t tell that was sarcasm.
UPDATE 9/9/2012: Anderson has pleaded guilty and is looking at 20 years.
UPDATE 12/2/2012: Anderson was only sentenced to 5 years and 5 months. Why do these scumbags continue to get light sentences? If a politician’s daughter was turned out on Backpage you can bet that the sentences would be increased then.