Kitchen, 35, is facing multiple felony charges. including robbery, battery, and attempted sexual assault. The alleged victim told police Kitchen assaulted her while trying to retrieve his money. (If you can’t stand the heat, get away from the Kitchen!) According to the arrest report, the victim said she met Kitchen through Craigslist. The report also stated Kitchen said he uses the website Backpage to find attractive women who give massages (happy ending?) but law enforcement says both websites are used for those wanting to buy and sell sex.
I actually represent someone accused of kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon stemming from answering a Craigslist ad for an “escort.”
Apparently the girl only wanted to give a massage and cuddle. My client allegedly said he was an undercover cop, put her in handcuffs and drove away, giving her a lecture on the perils of providing sex on Craigslist.
He uncuffed her and was driving her back home when he saw the police; he promptly turned the vehicle around and sped away. His escort friend jumped out of the car while it was moving and suffered some injuries.
The van crashed into a parked Porsche. The police lost sight of him and he was not in the van. Even though it was registered to him, according to him, it wasn’t him; he was not there. Unfortunately the girl’s roommate also identified him. He said he had sold the van earlier to someone whose name he has forgotten and the other person did not change the ownership on the DMV. What bad luck!
8 News NOW spoke with some women who said they used to sell sex on websites like Craigslist and Backpage. “Craigslist and Backpage exposed a lot of people to the industry who normally wouldn’t have been in it,” Natasha said. Natasha and Bella aren’t in that life anymore. They stay at the Destiny House shelter and are part of a program called Hookers for Jesus. Really? On the website it says Hope, Help, Heal. Does this mean that when Christians feel the need, they use this website and hope that they find help and are able to heal? Seek and ye shall find! Talk about looking’ for love in all the wrong places!
They said pimps often abuse the women you’re kidding — say it ain’t so! and take their money and the women must meet a quota. “It would vary from at least seven or more people a day,” Bella said. Daniele Dreitzer, the Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Center, said sex trafficking victims who are held against their will can be found on the site.
The Attorney General’s Office of Nevada is trying to crack down on certain websites. A statement from the Nevada Attorney General’s Office said: “If in connection with an investigation we determine that sex trafficking is being conducted through one of these types of websites, there are notices and take down procedures that will be followed based on the site,” said Special Assistant Attorney General Brett Kandt.
“Backpage and Craigslist are a huge part of that industry,” Dreitzer said. Dreitzer’s team helps victims of sexual assault. Some of them connect with their abusers online, but are afraid to come forward. “We encourage those people to report it because if you get assaulted, that’s not part of the arrangement that you agreed to,” she said. No kidding! Remember this is Sin City.