Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Philadelphia County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
THE YOUNG woman who befriended Tiffany on the Internet seemed innocent enough – so in the midst of a rough patch with her father, the 16-year-old Northeast Philadelphia girl let her new cyber-friend pick her up at home.
When she got into the taxi on that fateful day in January 2006, Tiffany didn’t know that she was stepping into a dark underworld of violence, drugs and sex slavery. The seemingly normal young woman she’d met on MySpace.com delivered her into the hands of Rahiim McIntyre, 36, a now-convicted violent sex trafficker who awaits sentencing in federal prison.
Over the next two weeks, she would face unimaginable horrors as she plotted to get away from her captor without being caught and beaten – or worse.
The experience of Tiffany – a pseudonym created by the Daily News to protect her identity – is not uncommon.
Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Editor’s note: Below is a Letter to the Editor in today’s Fishwrap. We give two big Roy’s Rants thumbs up to Glenn Mooney of Pottstown for raising his very valid points. There is far more to Jason’s story, but unfortunately we will never know all the details. Pottstown politics are nasty and people get tired of beating their head against a wall. Sometimes you just have to walk away to preserve your own sanity. Mr. Toroney has learned nothing from Jason’s departure. We can only hope enough new people get on Council in November to pick a new Council President. It’s time to clean house!
Referring to the most recent Mercury article by Evan Brandt, dated Aug. 15, I have some questions not about his report but about the mayor and borough council’s account of losing Jason Bobst. Let me understand, Councilman Toroney stated, and I quote from the article, “He did a fantastic job for us. But age and experience were not on his side. He didn’t have the battle scars. We need someone with experience who has the wherewithal to do a good job for us.” My bet is Jason could elaborate quite a bit about battle scars!
This sounds a little funny regarding whose choice it was for his leaving Pottstown? Then we have Mayor Bonnie Heath and Jeff Chomnuk stating that the borough has begun to gain traction in its recovery efforts, due largely to the efforts of Bobst and Finance Director Janice Lee. Hhmm? These comments were to help justify going outside to hire a new manager at a 30-percent higher salary. Then Mayor Heath stated and I quote, “It’s actually kind of an awkward fact that we were paying Jason less than $100,000.”