Amber Alert lifted after two El Paso
children are found in Juarez
EL PASO, Texas – KFOX14 has received permission from Dayanna Narvaez, a friend of the children’s mother to use the image of the reunion between Leonardo Ortega and Matias Carrillo with their mother after they were found safe in Juarez, Mexico.
According to police, the two missing boys, who were believed to be in immediate danger, were found safe and unharmed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Police say Ortega, 8, and Carrillo, 2, were unharmed and returned to El Paso early Sunday morning.
The children have been returned to their mother by U.S. marshals and the FBI.
Authorities said no arrests have been made at this time and the investigation continues.
Police said they were looking for Justin Carrillo, 26, in connection with the children’s abduction Saturday morning.
Carrillo was believed to be driving a black, 2003 Hyundai Elantra with Texas license plate number KYR4562.
“I do not appreciate the media filtering my search engine results, most particularly when it involves Children being Abused or Trafficked, so here are the names of the 7 defendants charged:”
“The seven defendants charged in the indictment are Michael Lacey, 69, of Paradise Valley, Arizona; James Larkin, 68, of Paradise Valley, Arizona; Scott Spear, 67, of Scottsdale, Arizona; John E. “Jed” Brunst, 66, of Phoenix, Arizona; Daniel Hyer, 49, of Dallas, Texas; Andrew Padilla, 45, of Plano, Texas and Jaala Joye Vaught, 37, of Addison, Texas.”
~ Robert StrongBow ~
“Website founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin are charged with facilitating prostitution and money laundering.”
April 9, 2018
PHOENIX, AZ – The founders of Backpage.com and five others at the classified site have been indicted on federal charges in what authorities say was a scheme to facilitate prostitution by running ads for sexual services and hiding their revenues.
An indictment unsealed Monday alleges that Backpage.com on some occasions had helped customers edit their ads so they would stay within legal limits while still encouraging commercial sex.
In one area, the indictment reads, “for several years, Backpage’s official policy, when presented with an ad featuring child prostitution, was to delete the particular words in the ad denoting the child’s age and then publish a revised version of the ad.”
It also says that Backpage claimed it does everything in its power to alert the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children whenever it becomes aware that a child is being advertised on the website.
But the indictment alleges that Backpage implemented policies to limit referrals to NCMEC.
The indictment says a top official emailed another saying, “If we don’t want to blow past 500 (referrals to NCMEC) this month, we shouldn’t be doing more than 16 a day.”
Other documents are referred to in the indictment saying a training document instructed website moderators not to send emergency alerts to NCMEC in response to complaints filed by the grandparents or other extended family being advertised on the website.
Website founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin are charged with facilitating prostitution and money laundering.
They are already facing state money laundering charges in California.
Larry Kazan, who represents Lacey, didn’t return a call seeking comment. There is no listing for Larkin’s attorney.
Seven defendants charged in the indictment include three people from North Texas, 49-year-old Daniel Hyer, of Dallas, 45-year-old Andrew Padilla, of Plano, and 37-year-old Jaala Joye Vaught, of Addison.
Authorities also have seized Backpage.com and its affiliated websites.
Julia Walsh, a sex trafficking survivor from the DFW area, says that she was sold for sex on Backpage for almost 3 years.
By age 19, she says men were paying as little as $40 for sexual encounters.
Walsh says she was trafficked from 2010 to 2014, and that her first trafficker was her boyfriend.
“They would post an ad about me, and we’d get over like 50 calls within an hour that’s just how many people are visiting the website,” Walsh said.
Walsh says she would have at least 200 sexual encounters with customers weekly.
“Probably about 210. Sometimes more and sometimes less. It depends what city we were in and what time of day it was,” Walsh said.
Now 26, Walsh says she was rescued during a police sting in 2014.
That was just two years before agents raided Backpage’s Dallas headquarters. On Monday, Attorney General Ken Paxton said that evidence was taken during the raid that was crucial to crafting the 93-count indictment.
At the time, CEO Carl Ferrer was arrested on pimping charges. He isn’t charged in the indictment, but throughout the documents, a person with knowledge about the company is constantly referenced and is only identified with the initials “C.F.”
Tonya Stafford, a sex trafficking survivor who helps rescue women and children sold for sex online, applauded the website’s demise.
Stafford was sold for drugs when she was 13. From 1988 to 1997 she was held against her will.
Through her program “It’s Going to Be Ok, Inc.” she helps find new homes for sex trafficking victims.
She said she often visited Backpage for rescues.
“If a parent calls me or messages me saying their child is missing…I have to go through page after page,” Stafford said. “That’s the hardest part.”
On June 23rd, Stafford will be hosting the 2nd Annual Stop The Traffick Walk near Bachman Lake.
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests
Lorena Man for Possession of Child Pornography
AUSTIN, TX – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Thomas Lee Scott, 58, of Lorena, on two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison per charge.
Investigators discovered child pornography being shared from a device with an IP address connected to Scott’s home in Lorena.
While executing a search warrant at his home, investigators located child pornography and seized several digital storage devices that will be examined by the attorney general’s Digital Forensics Unit.
Scott, a registered sex offender, was convicted in 1991 of child molestation in Indiana.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online.
The CEU proactively seeks out and arrests predators who commit crimes against children using technology and online sources.
Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks our children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety.
If you suspect someone is producing or downloading child pornography you can report it to NCMEC
by NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED
Millions of kids ride a bike, take the bus or walk to school every day. Help get them to and from school more safely by following this checklist.
Review the four rules of personal safety with your children. Remind them to:
Check first with you or the adult in charge before going anywhere, helping anyone, accepting anything or getting into a car.
Take a friend when going places or playing outside.
Tell people “NO” if they try to touch you or hurt you. It’s OK for you to stand up for yourself.
Tell a trusted adult if anything makes you feel sad, scared or confused.
Walk the route to and from school with them pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they need help. Tell them not to take shortcuts and to stay in well-lit areas.
If your younger children take the bus, wait with them or make sure they’re supervised by someone you trust at the bus stop.
Teach your children to recognize the tricks someone may use to abduct them such as asking for help or offering them a ride. Tell them to never approach a car without getting your permission first.
Encourage your children to kick, scream and make a scene if anyone tries to take them.
Instruct your children to get away as quickly as possible if someone is following them. If they are being followed by someone in a car, teach them to walk in the opposite direction from the one in which the car is driving.
Be sure your children’s school has up-to-date emergency contact information. Learn about their pick-up procedures so only those you’ve authorized can pick up your children.
Make sure your children know how to contact you in case of an emergency.