Federal investigators are asking for the public’s help in finding victims of 43-year-old Jose Torres of Elizabeth, New Jersey. Torres is accused of allegedly using Backpage and other prostitution platforms to lure sex workers from across the country with promises of large sums of money. However, when the women would ask to be paid, Torres allegedly raped them instead.
According to the FBI, Torres has allegedly been doing this for 10 years in such states as New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina, and California.
In one instance, Torres is said to have lured a Canadian woman to New Jersey with the promise of $30,000. Once she got to New Jersey Torres reportedly took her to a hotel where he claimed to be a cop before raping her.
The FBI is asking that if you’ve been a victim of Torres to send an email to ReportJOT@fbi.gov.
After the federal seizure of Backpage, a number of sex workers complained about the site’s demise saying that Backpage allowed them to screen their clients and weed out any potential predators like Torres. I don’t doubt they believe that but after the number of creeps like Torres that I’ve posted about I feel like it’s more akin to Russian Roulette than any kind of actual safety. Plus, it seems more like to me that rapists like this use escort sites as a menu to have their victims directly delivered to them.