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Is There No Justice For Abused, Trafficked Children Now

.jpg photo of justiceMistrial declared in case against Backpage.com founders

PHOENIX, AZ  –  A federal judge on Tuesday declared a mistrial in the case involving prostitution and money laundering charges against founders of the classified site Backpage.com, noting that none of the defendants have been charged with child sex trafficking, despite it being mentioned several times by prosecutors during the trial.

Judge Susan Brnovich for the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona said that repeated references to child sex trafficking by both prosecutors and witnesses brought by the government “is something that I can’t overlook and will not overlook,” according to The Associated Press.

Brnovich had said before the start of the trial that while she would permit evidence indicating that individuals were trafficked on the website, prosecutors could not focus on specific details of alleged abuse.

“It seemed the government abused that leeway,” she said, adding that lingering on details of abuse brings a “whole new emotional response from people,” potentially impacting the integrity of the trial.

Former Backpage.com owners Michael Lacey and James Larkin, as well as four other company employees, have been accused by federal prosecutors of intentionally selling ads for sex on the website.

While prosecutors have said that many of the victims of the alleged sex trafficking were children, child sex trafficking is not among the charges facing the former employees.

All six of the defendants have pleaded not guilty to charges of facilitating prostitution, and four of them, including Lacey and Larkin, have also pleaded not guilty to money laundering.

Prosecutors have argued that Backpage generated roughly $500 million from the alleged prostitution scheme between the time it was first launched in 2004 and when it was shut down by the federal government in 2018, according to the AP.

Lacey and Larkin, who founded the Phoenix New Times and held ownerships in other weekly news outlets, have maintained that they did not allow ads for sex, and claimed that they attempted to use various tools to remove the allegedly unauthorized ads that appeared on their site.

The news agency reported that Brnovich has set a new trial date for Oct. 5.

In April 2018, Backpage pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges in Texas, and then-CEO Carl Ferrer pleaded guilty to money laundering charges in California.

Months later, Dan Hyer, the sales director for the website, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges, admitting that he was involved in a scheme to give free advertising to sex workers in an attempt to keep them away from competitor platforms.

Say No To Radical That Shame Listed Religious Freedom

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Tell Senators to say NO to this radical!

Tell Senators to stop Biden’s nomination of LGBTQ activist to Dept. of Education

The U.S. Senate will be considering President Joe Biden’s appointment of Catherine Lhamon as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.

Lhamon served in this same position in the Obama Administration where she helped co-author the “Dear Colleague” letter (also known as the ” “) that instructed all public schools in America to allow transgender students, or biological males perceiving/identifying themselves to be female, to use the girls’ restroom and locker room.  The letter sought to force public schools to implement Obama’s sexual deviancy bathroom policy or lose federal funding for failure to implement the radical agenda.

Send an email now to your U.S. Senators urging them to vote against the nomination of Catherine Lhamon as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights.

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Lhamon also follows the ideological pathway that places a sexual deviancy agenda above and against religious liberty.  While she served in the Obama Administration’s Department of Education, the agency published a “shame list” of faith-based colleges and universities requesting a waiver from the administration’s radical “bathroom letter.”

These schools were seeking 1st Amendment religious liberty protections to prevent them from being forced by the federal government to violate their religious beliefs.  Regardless, Lhamon said the Department of Education would “vigorously enforce Title IX’s prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sex, including gender identity, in every applicable school.”

Contact and urge your Senators to oppose Catherine Lhamon’s nomination.

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Sincerely,
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

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SCOTUS Upholds Texas Pro-Life Law

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Major Pro-Life Victory: Supreme Court upholds Texas law stopping abortions

A baby’s heartbeat can be detected by transvaginal ultrasound as early as 3 to 4 weeks after conception, or 5 to 6 weeks after the first day of the last menstrual period. This early embryonic heartbeat is fast, often about 160-180 beats per minutes, twice as fast as us adults’!
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The United States Supreme Court has ruled on a life-giving decision that will potentially save thousands of unborn babies in Texas.

By a 5-4 vote, the Court said Texas’ law prohibiting abortions once a medical professional detects a heartbeat will stand.  Read the full story from American Family News here.

Advocates for killing babies had filed an emergency appeal asking the Court to block enforcement of the law that went into effect yesterday.  Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the liberal members of the Court to keep abortions going in Texas.

The law, SB8, was passed by the Texas legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott on May 19.

This is a huge day for the pro-life movement and I ask you to join me in thanking God for this wonderful victory.

Sincerely,
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

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Woman Throws BoyFriend Under Bus, Then Jailed For Enabling CSA

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Woman and Boyfriend molested her Children.

Two arrested in OK for Child Molesting and enabling it

Perkins, OK  –  A woman from Perkins and her ex-boyfriend were arrested after the woman turned in the man for molesting her children, and law enforcement learned she enabled the sexual abuse.

Peggy Gates and Baldwin Lee Irving were booked into the county jail.  Irving was charged with child sexual abuse and conspiracy to commit a felony and Gates was charged with enabling child sexual abuse and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Perkins Officer Daryn Zanfardino and Perkins Deputy Chief Kyle Howard worked the case.

Gates reported the abuse because she was trying to get a protective order against Irving, the affidavit said.

“I asked why she is disclosing now instead of when the prior incidents occurred.  She stated that she was forced to participate because Baldwin Irving threatened to beat her,” Howard said.  “She stated that she and Baldwin had been arguing recently and she wanted to notify what was happening.”

Howard told Zanfardino he believed it was possible Gates was involved with the abuse, and the recent fight may have “fractured the relationship.”

The probable cause affidavit said Gates called police July 10, to have Irving removed from the home, but didn’t disclose abuse at that time.  For this reason, Zanfardino requested a search warrant instead of consent to search the phone.

The children were interviewed at the Ray of Hope Advocacy Center in Bartlesville.  One of the children became disconnected when the autonomy chart was used to describe good or bad touches.

The child told the interviewer Irving’s phone had been factory reset, and that they had to bring Gates the phone.  The other child disclosed sexual abuse by Irving and stated that Irving likes to be naked.  The child also said Irving touched them while they were in the shower.

According to the affidavit, Gates admitted to touching the two children to “satisfy Baldwin.”

Howard made a scenario with Gates and told her to correct him if he was wrong.  He said she allowed her abusive ex-boyfriend back into the picture and learned of his sexual desires.  She saw it as a problem but also wanted to be loved and so her judgement was clouded by love.

“Peggy Gates said that I was spot on,” Howard alleged.

Officers told Gates they knew she reset Irving’s phone, and she allegedly said it was to protect him.

“I asked what would be found on the phone and said a text from Baldwin asking if we should stop doing what we have been doing and her replying no,” Howard alleged.

Payne County Investigator Rockford Brown assisted in the arrest of Irving and interviewed him.

The affidavit said Irving blamed the sexual abuse on Gates offering the children to him.  He admitted to touching one child twice over the clothes while they were asleep, because Gates wanted him to do it.

When Gates was interviewed, she said Irving made untrue statements about her, and she was the one that was forced by Irving.

Both Gates and Irving appeared in court Wednesday and bond was set at $75,000 for Gates and $100,000 for Irving.  Gates will return to court Aug. 4 but Irving does not have a known upcoming court date.

AFA Has Simplified This, Tell Your Representative Taxpayers Do Not Fund Abortion

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ABORTION IS MURDER, Think about it, it’s not Rocket Science, it IS a living human being.

Urge your U.S. Representative to vote against taxpayer funding of abortion

This week, the House of Representatives will begin the process of voting on appropriations bills for the federal government for 2022.  These bills contain provisions that will repeal several safeguards that prohibit funding for abortion.

For almost 40 years, Congress has ensured that pro-life amendments are included in appropriations bills.  The amendments in danger of being removed include:

  • The Dornan Amendment, which prohibits funding for abortions in Washington, D.C.
  • The Helms Amendment, which prohibits funding for abortions abroad
  • The Hyde Amendment, which prohibits Medicaid-funded abortions
  • The Smith Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortions for federal employees
  • Other provisions which prohibit abortions in federal prisons and the Peace Corps Program

Take Action

Your representative will be voting on these bills, possibly as early as this week.  Tell your representative to vote against any appropriations bills that don’t prohibit taxpayer funding for abortions.

TAKE ACTION NOW

Sincerely,
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

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