Federal authorities have announced that a 13-year-old girl who was serially raped at a Dallas, Tex. hotel was sex trafficked through CityXGuide, a popular digital hub for prostitution in the city.
CityXGuide was created, according to the Feds, to replace Backpage, which was shut down for facilitating prostitution. It went online one day after Backpage was closed and immediately filled the void for illicit networking.
The teen, who is referred to in the indictment as Jane Doe, was rescued by federal authorities in November 2019. The hotel provided security video that showed various men coming into the room at rapid succession to rape the young girl.
Doe claims that traffickers threatened to murder her if she told police about her abuse. A 34-year-old man has been taken into custody and charged with child sex trafficking, and faces 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office also announced on Friday that they had shut down CityXGuide, and hit the page owner, Wilhan Martono, with a 28-count indictment. They allege that thousands like Doe have been exploited using his website. U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox is leading the case.
“DOJ [the U.S. Department of Justice] didn’t stop with Backpage, and we’re not going to stop with CityXGuide,” Nealy Cox said to describe the work of the North Texas Trafficking Task Force.
“If you are going to facilitate exploitation online, we’re not going to hesitate to seize your site and bring charges against you,” she added.
Nealy Cox noted that victims like Doe couldn’t “be victimized if there’s not a pimp that recruits her and if he doesn’t have a good way to advertise her.” Websites like CityXGuide provide the platform needed for a this sort of criminal network to persist, the Feds claim.
Martono has been charged with 17 counts of money laundering, nine counts of interstate transportation in aid of racketeering, one count of promotion of prostitution and reckless disregard of sex trafficking, and one count of interstate racketeering conspiracy. He was apprehended in his Fremont, Calif. home last week.
“It’s just heartbreaking when you hear the story,” said Nealy Cox of the 13-year-old girl’s exploitation and realizing that she is just one of many “vulnerable victims that the bad guys hold and groom and use in this way.”
Nealy Cox hopes that the exploited will be able to receive compensation for the alleged abuse they have received as the cases are taken to court.
“I expect restitution to the victims will play out in a very interesting way in this [CityXGuide] case,” she noted.
Nealy Cox considers herself a crusader for the cause of stopping the victimization of young girls. She says to expect big things from her task force in busting up child sex trafficking and prostitution rings.
“We don’t intend to stop with CityXGuide,” she said. “We have to keep going after these cases that have big impact. That’s how we protect our community and protect that 13-year-old girl.”
US Virgin Islands Attorney General Demands Jeffrey Epstein Flight Logs
This could get interesting.
The Attorney General of the US Virgin Islands is requesting the flight logs Jeffrey Epstein’s private aircraft in a new lawsuit against the deceased pedophile billionaire’s estate, according to new reporting from the Mirror. The development has reportedly sparked ‘panic’ among supposed former contacts of Epstein, who fear their relationship with the disgraced financier being publicized.
This is a game changer in investigations into Epstein’s sex trafficking empire, because it could reveal new information on who actually visited the financier’s infamous ‘pedophile island’ of Little Saint James in the US territory. Flight logs of private aircraft often include records of individuals who travel aboard them. Former Epstein pilot David Rodgers revealed that Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, and Prince Andrew flew aboard Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express’ private jet when he personally released flight logs in 2009.
Bill Clinton continues to deny ever having visited Little Saint James, where Epstein is known to have engaged in routine sexual abuse of trafficked underage girls. However, two eyewitnesses verified for their former connections to Epstein, including trafficking victim Virginia Giuffre and island handyman Steve Scully, have both spoken publicly about seeing Bill Clinton in person on the island. So someone’s lying.
The subpoena in USVI Attorney General Denise George’s lawsuit against the Epstein estate also demands information about any and all pilots Epstein employed to transport him to his private island.
George’s lawsuit makes claims of aggravated rape, child abuse and neglect, human trafficking, forced labour and prostitution, seeking relief for Epstein’s crimes. The pedophile billionaire, who escaped real consequences for his sex crimes through the power of his personal elite network when charged with child prostitution in 2008, is said to have committed suicide under suspicious circumstances while awaiting trial on trafficking charges in a New York federal jail last year.
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