Nancy Pelosi’s super PAC received donations from a sex-trafficking site that Kamala Harris prosecuted for pimping.
The owners of that sex-trafficking site Backpage.com have been charged with felonies that, as far as I know, are much more serious than the accusations against Harvey Weinstein. Pimping is a little more extreme than most sexual harassment. Perhaps those Republican women are smarter than the media give them credit for. Perhaps they know who is really on their side in “the war on women.”
The Washington Times reports, “Pelosi, Dems pocket campaign cash from owners of sex-trafficking Website.”
After California’s then-Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced felony pimping charges last year against the two owners of Backpage.com — a classified-ad website that is a hub for sex trafficking and prostitution, one of the men cut a $10,000 check to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s super PAC.
Mrs. Pelosi’s political action committee, House Majority PAC, has resisted giving the money back, and an aide to Mrs. Pelosi said the California Democrat knows nothing about the contribution.
The uproar over sexual harassment that began with the Harvey Weinstein scandal has intensified the scrutiny of political contributions linked to Backpage, which law enforcement officials say is the chief platform for activities far worse than harassment, including sexual slavery and child prostitution.
Mrs. Pelosi isn’t the only Democrat struggling to deal with the piles of cash that Backpage’s owners spread around to candidates and state Democratic parties over the years.
Even Ms. Harris, a California Democrat who is now a U.S. senator, ducked the issue. Her office wouldn’t respond to repeated emails about Backpage money going to House Majority PAC and other Democratic organizations.
Since 2010, the owners and their wives have shoveled about $99,000 to candidates and about $95,000 to Democratic parties in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, according to federal campaign finance data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Bowing to mounting pressure, including a bipartisan Senate investigation that found the owners knowingly sold ads to pimps who coerced minors into prostitution, Backpage in January closed down its adult services sections.
The websites, however, continue to be marketplaces for the sex trade.
Detroit police last week arrested two men who were using Backpage to run a sex trafficking ring after an underage girl told police she was brought to the city and put to work as a prostitute, with “dates” arranged on the website.
The story makes Pelosi’s allegations that Donald Trump is projecting his own sexual behavior on other people appear rather ironic.
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