Reaching out to administrators at Backpage (a notorious operation that has collaborated with police, at least in part, to protect itself from allegations of abetting prostitution and trafficking), Heid learned that the purchaser of that seven-month-old ad—who wasn’t Wendy—was linked to another, more recent Backpage ad, which was advertising a girl-for-hire in College Park. With FBI agents hidden in position at the hotel, Heid, wearing a hoodie and jeans and sitting in an unmarked car, watched a man and another woman leave her room. “It’s always different, but it always lasts just until the exact moment the girl feels comfortable. You owe me.’ “At first, she had thought she was his girlfriend. More unusual is that law enforcement officials elicited a guilty plea in federal court from Douglas.
Heid dialed the number and a young female voice answered. “I knocked and identified myself when I entered,” Heid recalls. I’m not that girl.’ “But when I tell her the FBI has already grabbed the other girl and the guy, her entire demeanor shifted. What is common in Maryland, however, is the sex trafficking of women and minors.
It may be given by words or actions, so long as those words or actions create clear, voluntary, mutually understood permission to engage in (and the conditions of) sexual activity.A substantial college interest is defined to include any situation where it appears the student’s conduct may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of self or others; and/or any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property or achievements of self or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder; and/or any situation that is detrimental to the educational mission and/or interests of the college. Complainant Reporting The college will offer complainants options for reporting the misconduct and requesting interim measures.The Title IX co-coordinators and Title IX deputies are responsible for ensuring the implementation of appropriate interim measures and coordinating the college’s response with the appropriate offices on campus.Digging through the girl’s old social media accounts, Heid came across a phone number on Facebook. “She said, ‘Yes, College Park, near the school,’” Heid recalls.It had been out-of-service for months, but running that number through Google he saw that it was associated with an outdated ad under “escorts” on Backpage.com—the Craigslist-like website of choice in the sex trade. Presuming the young voice belonged to Wendy, Heid alerted the FBI task force and drove down there. The girl told him she was at the Quality Inn, as he’d guessed, and gave him her room number. She said she needed help; that she didn’t know how to get out.” The grooming process had lasted about three months, Heid continues. Later, he told her the only way she was getting out was in a body bag.” That Heid was able to locate and recover a 15-year-old runaway and trafficking survivor so quickly is unusual.
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