An Atlanta mother shared the shocking moment she found her missing 13-year-old daughter being advertised for sex on a classifieds website.
Kubiiki Pride said in the documentary now available on Netflix, I Am Jane Doe, that she found her daughter, only identified as M.A., on the classifieds website Backpage.com.
According to the Daily Mail, M.A., now 22, snuck out of the house at age 13 to go to an end-of-the-school-year party. M.A. was allegedly taken by a female trafficker that night, thinking she was going to help her get home.
Pride said that she found her daughter’s ad by chance.
“It was the third link from the top. It had stars and hearts, and it said young and new.”
She said she clicked on the link to find explicit photos of her daughter wearing only underwear and posing provocatively.
Price called the number, posing as a potential client, in order to try and get her daughter back.
When she did, she found M.A. had been stabbed, burned, beaten, and had her head shaved.
M.A. ran away from home two more times after that. Her mother asked why she kept running away, and M.A. said it was because she was addicted to drugs.
“I said why are you running away? And she said, ‘Well mom I have to go and get these pills.'”
The trafficker who allegedly sold M.A. was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison in 2010.
In 2011, Pride sued Backpage, but lost the lawsuit. Her case was dismissed under 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Pride said the website still had images up of M.A., and refused to take them down, even after Pride begged them to. It remained visible until the site shut down it’s adult page in January.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, a Senate Panel met in January and determined that the site used ad-filters regularly to strip tags, such as “daddy’s girl” and “cheerleader,” from advertisements so that the child sex-trafficking ads could fly under the radar.
Backpage shut its adult section down as a result of the Senate investigation, but said it would continue to fight “unconstitutional government censorship” and “for online freedom of speech.”
[Feature photo: Youtube/Netlix trailer]