Sex traffickers frequently move girls around. Back is one of several online classified-ad sites—similar to Craigslist—that filters based on locations.
The online ad appeared on the site's Jackson adult escort service category, although the contact phone has a Tampa, Fla. The ad's text is accompanied by mostly neck-down shots of a scantily clad young woman. The one photo that displays anything from the neck up shows a woman with her long brown hair obscuring her facial features. It's impossible to tell whether the half-dozen photos are of the same woman, and if they are, how old she is.
The ad claims she is Traffickers—pimps or madams—frequently move from major event to major event to capture the prevailing market, or move to stay at least one step ahead of law enforcement. The girl—one could hardly have called her a woman—could have been anywhere from 13 to 16 years old.
Wagner related one case where authorities tracked one of the girls brought into Louisiana for the Super Bowl through a contact on her. And she moved her way through the South snaking her way to New Orleans," she said.
New York magazine journalist Robert Kolker is writing a book about five young women—all escorts—whose bodies turned up on a beach in Long Island, N. The case has yet to be solved. In a June 29 New York Times editorial titled "The New Prostitutes," Kolker wrote: "It had seemed enough, at first, for some to say that the victims were all prostitutes, practically interchangeable—lost souls who were gone, in a sense, long before they actually disappeared.
That is a story our culture tells about people like them, a conventional way of thinking about how young girls fall into a life of prostitution: unstable family lives, addiction, neglect. They were not human-trafficking victims in the classic sense. They stayed close to their families.
They all came to New York to take advantage of a growing black market—an underground economy that offered them life-changing money, and with a remarkably low barrier to entry. The real temptation wasn't drugs or alcohol, but the promise of social mobility. The Internet is, "transforming the way people shop for everything, and commercial sex has been no exception," he wrote.
Back, though, continues to run "escort". An attorney for the site has said that sex shoppers would simply go elsewhere.
Back is one of many sites that law enforcement agencies—including the Mississippi Attorney General's office—keep an eye on for evidence of sex trafficking. In SeptemberArizona State University researchers monitored the site for a week. Out of 1, postings, the study found that more advertisements offered sex or prostitution in Phoenix, and the authors believe many of the girls were younger than In May of this year, authorities in central Florida busted three sex-trafficking rings operating there in three days.
They implicated Back in all three cases. Help the Jackson Free Press raise funds for the victims of sexual trafficking in Mississippi. Commerce St. The Chick Ball is now accepting all kinds of donations, from art and other silent auction items, to donations of time and services.
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