Specialty adult sites like my Red Book and have popped up in some cases, but the most common online outlet for underage prostitution appears to have been Craigslist, which played a prominent role in at least eight federal child sex-trafficking prosecutions filed in the last 12 months.
Responding to pressure from the NCMEC and the attorneys general of 40 states, Craigslist placed new limits on its adult ads last November.
They may indicate that they're more mature, and know a lot more things than anybody around them appreciates....
And like a weak fish broadcasting to a shark, they broadcast their vulnerability to sexual predators, pimps and sexual traffickers."A review of S.
Police spotted her nude photo in an ad offering in-call services in Miami, 1,200 miles away from her home.
She was rescued, and her alleged pimp, Ali Hakim, was indicted last month on sex trafficking and related charges. Police now routinely obtain search warrants for suspects' computers, digital cameras and cellphones, and search for their presence on social networking websites. When federal agents in Detroit located the My Space profile of suspected Craigslist pimp Dennis "Detroit Slim" Paige, they found his friendslist loaded with links to his alleged prostitutes and his embedded music player cued to a track in which Paige sings about the pleasures of life as a pimp.
Wired Safety's Aftab worked on the report, which was overseen by Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
But the internet is providing pimps with access to a vastly larger pool of troubled minors than they've had access to before.
"Pretty quickly, if they get a vibe that you're open to such things, they'll draw you in....
We've had pimps buy us bus tickets."Police and child protection agencies don't track recruitment sources, so there are no hard figures on the number of child sex-trafficking cases like these.
Among other reforms, the site now charges for the formerly free postings, allowing it to collect and store the poster's credit card number and name, making it available to law enforcement subpoenas in any future criminal investigation."Posting volume in our 'erotic services' category is down 85-90 percent" as a result of the measures, says CEO Jim Buckmaster in an e-mail.