What about Back­page’s em­ploy­ees?

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

I do not re­call ever be­ing as cheered by a news ar­ti­cle as I was upon read­ing the ex­posé on the Back­page.com ad­ver­tise­ments [“Back­page con­trac­tor cre­ated and lured sex ads,” front page, July 12]. And I whole­heart­edly hope for sim­i­lar pros­e­cu­tions of the co­horts of cor­po­rate crim­i­nal cen­tu­ri­ons who live by ex­ploita­tion.

But what of the le­gions of mer­ce­nary em­ploy­ees who im­ple­ment the ghastly poli­cies, per­fectly aware of the ap­palling per­fidy? They skate? “I was just fol­low­ing or­ders” doesn’t cut it any­more. I un­der­stand poverty and the need for em­ploy­ment, in­come and sus­te­nance. And I know that the poor, some­times, must steal, and I am okay with that — to a point. We shoot rhino poach­ers on sight.

Leonard Kuentz, Gaithers­burg

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