Over the 8 plus years this blog has been in existence, most of the big players in the escort website game ran ads with me. As such, I dealt with either the principals or the first mates of most of those enterprises in the course of publishing this site. So one day maybe a year and a half into my ordeal with the feds, one of the aforementioned bosses calls me up to pitch a plan in which I would sell a package deal of secondary sites to all my Korean advertisers.
At the time, I had somewhere around 13 inches of federal dick up my ass and hadn’t sold any advertising for any outfit other than my own (this site) for over a year. There was no way I was gonna sell that crap. Even in my hey day, I’d have probably turned the guy down given that all the sites in his package were from the b-list. Still, the guy was determined.
In an effort to cut him to the quick, I cited the illegality of his suggested course – and that I didn’t want to jeopardize my freedom to sell all that junk (though that’s not how I said it). In response, he assured me the pursuit was not against the law. Of course, I wanted to tell him the unexpurgated truth about my personal situation. But I demured…told him I’d think about it…and never spoke with him again.
I relate this today because at least two of the sites he wanted me to rep continue to operate in the current climate. And I have a clue as to why. Whoever runs them is oblivious to the realities. Here’s a stat about which most people who haven’t been run through the federal mill are unaware: Fully 97% of federal cases end in a plea bargain – with the defendant pleading guilty to something. Of the 3% who go to trial (costing hundreds of thousands of dollars at the very least), 90% are found guilty! Putting those two together what do you get? Answer: Of every 1000 defendants indicted by the feds, a grand total of 3 beat the rap. Yikes!
Here’s the message: Whether you think you’re operating within the law when running an escort-related site or otherwise matters not. Once the feds indict you, it’s pretty much a wrap. You’re taking on a huge expense if you risk going to trial. And if you lose, look out. You’ll do much more time than if you just plead guilty, save your cash, and eat the program. That is the reality of the situation. In theory, Americans get their day in court and their trial by jury. But in practice, it rarely happens. Faced with the federal bulldozer coming your way, most defendants cave. I know one guy who did. I see him in the mirror every day.