Backpage Used to Traffic Underage Sex Slaves in New Mexico

Though this is a problem all over the country – including here in Greenville County. From Trench Reynolds:

Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico say that 22-year-old Kendel Morrel (or Kendel Merrell) lured a 17-year-old girl into prostitution over Facebook.

The girl posted on her Facebook that she needed a job. Morrel is said to have offered her a job selling hip-hop magazines and CDs. Instead Morrel forced her to have sex with him and then turned her out for $150 a pop which she was ‘allowed’ to keep $50. He advertised her on backpage.com and tried to sell her for $3000 to other traffickers. Luckily the girl was able to escape and contact her family.

Here’s video from KQAT about the case.

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