In my previous blog post, I wrote about two arrest reports and court cases that were very similar in North Dakota. In each of these two court cases, the defendants were charged with Patronizing a Minor for Commercial Sexual Activity, a Class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
I hate it when the Police in North Dakota create and post a fake advertisement for a prostitute on an internet website, and then arrest the men when they show up for their appointment with the prostitute. This is wrong for several reasons.
In many towns in North Dakota, there is a shortage of women. Mathematically, there are not enough women to go around. In Dickinson, the ratio of men to women is approximately 3:1. In towns like Watford City and Williston, the ratio of men to women was at times greater than 10:1.
Prior to moving to Dickinson in 2011, I never had an interest in prostitutes or prostitution. After living in Dickinson for a couple of months, I could not help but realize that there was a shortage of women. I began looking for women to meet on the internet dating sites like match.com, plenty of fish, mingle, datehookup, and other sites. Looking at about four or five internet dating sites, there were still very few women available for dating in Dickinson, North Dakota.
Older truck drivers in Dickinson, recommended to me that I look at the internet classifieds website called Backpage. They said, look under the Escorts section. I looked at the escorts on Backpage, and I didn’t know what to think of all this. I didn’t really want to be with an escort that had sex with many men each day.
It is a good thing that I didn’t try to hire an escort right away from Backpage, because it is very common for Law Enforcement to place a fake advertisement for an escort, and then arrest the man when he shows up for his appointment.
This is what happened to Manish of Dickinson, only much, much worse. Law Enforcement did create a fake advertisement on Backpage.com, in which the woman posting the ad was listed as being 18 years of age. However, when Manish asked about her age, she replied that she was almost 16. Manish responded several times that he would never have sex with someone who is under 18, because he did not want to get into trouble.
Looking at Manish’s name, it appeared to me that he was from India. I thought about how hard it must be for him to meet women in Dickinson, being from India, looking, acting, and sounding different. With his age being 29, I thought that he might even be a student at Dickinson State University.
I looked Manish of Dickinson up on the internet, and this is what I found. In his early twenties, he worked at convenience stores and as a cook while he worked his way through College. He studied finance and accounting, and he graduated from College in approximately 2014. Not long after graduating, he got a very good job in Dickinson, where he has been employed for a little over two years.
I can understand that Manish might have had difficulty meeting women in Dickinson. Myself, and everyone that I know in Dickinson, has had difficulty meeting women in Dickinson, there is a shortage of women. It is unfortunate, but understandable, that he attempted to meet a woman on the internet website Backpage.
The woman that Manish contacted on Backpage.com, her advertisement said that she was 18 years of age. This turned out to be a fake advertisement created by the Dickinson Police. When Manish contacted her, the Dickinson Police began making up the story that she was almost 16, there was no minor involved. Manish replied that he would never have sex with someone under 18, because he did not want to get into trouble.
The Dickinson Police kept communicating with Manish, posing as the girl who placed the advertisement on Backpage.com, and they persuaded him to meet her at a motel in Dickinson. It appears that Manish tried to get out of meeting the girl, and instead parked at the McDonalds across the street from the motel. That is when the Dickinson Police arrested Manish and charged him with the felony Patronizing a Minor for Commercial Sexual Activity.
It seems to be very clear from the evidence, that Manish never sought or intended to meet a girl under the age of 18. It was the Dickinson Police that began trying to make up fake circumstances after the fact in order to frame Manish for a much more serious crime that he never intended to commit. Even though Manish replied several times that he would not have sex with someone under 18, the Dickinson Police kept after him, trying to persuade Manish to meet.
The Dickinson Police tried to make a criminal out of someone who would not have been a criminal, had it not been for this treacherous underhanded scheme by the Police. Many lawyers and judges believe that it is legal entrapment when Law Enforcement induces someone to commit a crime that they otherwise would not have committed, so that Law Enforcement can then arrest them for this crime.
In court, when entrapment is used as a legal defense, the defense attorney must persuade the jury that Law Enforcement persuaded or compelled the defendant to commit a crime that he was otherwise not inclined to commit. There are several circumstances that must be present, and I think that in this particular case, these circumstances are clearly present. I will explain why this particular case meets the requirements of legal entrapment in my next blog post.
I want to conclude this blog post by expressing my disgust at the Dickinson Police Department, and the person ultimately responsible for this, the Chief of Police Dusty Dassinger. You all know that there is a shortage of women in Dickinson. You all know that if you create a fake advertisement for a prostitute in Dickinson, you will get more responses than you can handle. With men who are desperate to meet women, why do you think that it is a good idea to lure them to meet a prostitute, and then try to make up the fictitious circumstance that she is under 18 in order to frame these men for a much more serious crime that they never intended to commit?
I received an e-mail from Manish’s sister today, explaining that this court case has been resolved. She asked if there was anything that I could do, to not damage his name and reputation any further. I decided to remove his last name from my blog posts, because I believed that Manish was unjustly entrapped to begin with. However, I want these blog posts to remain on the internet, because I do not want this same thing to happen to anyone else.