It’s getting easier and easier to find evidence that a number of the women posting escort ads on Backpage.com do not, in fact, love their jobs.
This week, police arrested 22-year-old Allen Almarco Winston on promoting prostitution charges. Charges filed by King County prosecutors allege Winston pimped out his on-again-off-again girlfriend on Backpage.com.
The woman quit working for Winston, only to return to him more than a year later, but King County Sheriff’s Office documents say she finally quit working for him after he assaulted her.
Charges say Winston has known the woman for 10 years, and has dated her on-and-off for the last two.After the woman began dating Winston, she moved in with him and his mother. Winston then “convinced [the woman] to prostitute as they needed money,” court records say.
Winston allegedly took the woman to Aurora Ave. in Seattle, dropped her off, and told her how much to charge for “dates.” The woman made $300 that night, court records say, which she gave to Winston.
After her first time working as a prostitute, the woman decided she didn’t want to work for Winston anymore, and broke off their relationship, court records say.
The woman didn’t hear from Winston again until last June, when he contacted her, and moved in with her at her SeaTac apartment. Winston again “brought up the idea” of her working as a prostitute, and posted ads on Backpage.com to “generate business,” court records say.
The woman told police she had several “dates” from the ads, and gave all the money she earned to Winston. Court records say police found a text message on the woman’s phone during the investigation directing her to “spend another hour babe get all of his money keep askn [sic] to do more for more money.”
Charging documents say the woman again stopped working for Winston after he assaulted her. The assault is not detailed in court records.
Court records say Winston has a prior conviction for carrying a concealed weapon. Jail records indicate Winston has already been released.