Two charged in slaying linked to Backpage ad

08 Jul 2015

Two men in the Boston area were charged this week with murder in the killing of a female escort they met through Backpage.com, in a case reminiscent of the “Craigslist killing” by Philip Markoff in 2009.

Epshod Jeune, 24, and Derrell Fisher, 21, were charged with killing Sanisha Johnson of New York. They allegedly attacked escorts, including Johnson, after connecting with them through Backpage.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Backpage should get out of the sex-ads business. “Backpage.com and the Internet have become increasingly popular vehicles for commercial sexual exploitation. In fact, most of the human trafficking cases that our office has prosecuted specifically involve advertisements on Backpage,” she said. “I am calling on Backpage to immediately shut down the ‘adult’ section of its website — a long overdue step.”

A Michigan man, James Brown, was convicted last year of killing four women he met through Backpage. And a convicted sex offender was charged last October with killing a woman in Indiana in a string of killings and disappearances that were also linked to Backpage.

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