Police in Des Moines, Iowa have arrested 25-year-old Maria Jansen for allegedly running a prostitution ring on the Village Voice Media-owned backpage.com.
As I’m sure you can guess the twist in this story is that police have arrested an alleged female trafficker. It’s a rare occurrence on this site but it does happen. While female traffickers may be a different stripe of pimp we should refer to them as pimps and not the more romanticized term of madam. They still use similar tactics that are employed by their male counterparts…
“We identified a person who preys on people who are at a bad time in their life,” said Sgt. Chris Scott. “It might be financial issues, it could be other issues and they’re on the edge.”
Just like male pimps, female pimps will take advantage of someone’s downfall to sell them into sexual slavery.
Jansen is looking at 15 years behind bars if convicted. Unfortunately due to her gender, she would probably serve even less time than the males of her criminal ilk do.
Meanwhile, Backpage just continues to count their money they make off of sexual slavery.