TENNESSE (CNN) – It’s a website some have never heard of, but others are all too familiar with. Backpage.com is a website for you can post ads similar to like craigslist but it’s used a lot for escort services and that kind of thing.
Some of the people you see on this site may not have made their own decision to advertise themselves for sex.
It has been known to be a place for potential victims of child sex abuse child sex human trafficking and it’s where Sullivan County detectives say they found a 15-year-old victim of sex trafficking. Detective Matthew Price says they contacted the number on the ad, and the girl agreed to meet at the La Quinta Inn and engage in sex acts for $200 an hour.
When officers met her at the inn, “we were able to locate and find a male subject that was forcing her to do this” said Det. Price.
They arrested Brockett Lang and charged him with trafficking a child for a commercial sex act. Assistant district attorney Julie Canter says because of a new law this offense is now a class b felony, carrying with it up to 12 years behind bars.
Canter said, “If we hadn’t had this law basically this male would’ve only been charged with a misdemeanor carrying much less, if any, jail time. This is the first case that we have had of trafficking a minor for commercial sex acts in Sullivan County and that’s not to say that it isn’t happening but now that we have the tools we are watching these websites and we will seek justice”
As for the 15-year-old girl, “she will not be charged with prostitution she is being treated as a victim.” Canter says she is a runaway and is now in department of children’s services custody “and the hope is to find a secure placement for her, not to penalize, not to criminalize her.”