The site's erotic services category has scores of new prostitution posts daily.
Jim McLean, like vice detectives everywhere, has heard the question countless times. Despite what the pimps and street dealers of the world seem to think, the police are not, in fact, required by any court decision or law to fess up, the Huntington Beach police officer said.
Cheesy or not, the woman soon found herself under arrest and being marched next door for booking.
The arrest was the eleventh that Huntington Beach police had made in three months, as part of an ongoing crackdown on online prostitution. Police forces across the county and the country are seeing the prostitution racket move from the streets to the Internet. The streets are cleaner, police say, but the burgeoning online sex market raises new questions.
Is someone offering a GFE on craigslist. Klein credits aggressive enforcement by Anaheim patrol officers and vice detectives working with hotel managers and other agencies, but acknowledges that many sex workers have simply moved their business online. And when it dries up, they move on.
In May, Huntington Beach arrested four people for attempted molestation or attempted sex with a minor, one of whom was lured to a meeting place through text messages from a detective posing as a juvenile. In March they arrested a year-old from Portland on suspicion of pimping a year-old girl, the case McLean is proudest of.
The girl was put into a foster home, but struggled to adjust and ran away after a month. She was found and went back willingly, he said. When you go to a place like craigslist, they have no clue who you are.
The only thing you have to do is provide a phone. Police would have to set up elaborate ruses involving fake airline tickets and fake checkbooks. Now, online solicitations, e-mails and text messages leave a paper trail for an effective criminal case.
That paper trail is often in code, with sex acts mentioned by acronym. The code is easy to break with a quick search of the term at urbandictionary. Is that woman offering a GFE a hooker?
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Of those 11 suspects Huntington Beach police arrested, only one was from Huntington Beach. McLean acknowledged that their efforts often lead to other cities.
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