In Pennsylvania, you may not think that prostitution is going on much, but this story from the area begs to differ. This story about Internet crimes and prostitution may interest you, because some of the pimps are recruiting girls through the net. It's a reminder that children aren't safe from Internet crimes, and sometimes the person on the other end isn't who they say they are. With this in mind, it's also important to remember that the Internet activities aren't one-sided and that there are people who have been accused of crimes that they haven't committed in the past. If you've been accused of Internet crimes like fraud, sex trafficking, or other crimes, you do deserve the right to defend yourself.
The story from Pennsylvania discusses how the average age a girl will get into prostitution is 12 or 13, according to the executive director of Covenant House Pennsylvania. The group works to help victims of human trafficking, which the group has said sometimes takes place through the Internet. The group claims that at least six pimps in the area use the Internet to recruit girls into prostitution rings; in some of these cases, rape, beatings, and threats are used to keep them in the sex-work life.
The group has pointed out that in some cases, these children are working in the public, like in the case of a 14-year-old who had been working in a hair-braiding shop. Even though she was working during times when most children were at school, the group suggests that no one ever questioned why she wasn't in class, too. She was being forced to have sex with people at night and work all day, according to the news.
In another case, which may sound familiar, a girl was not getting along with her parents, so she met a man online. When he promised to love her and give her a better life, she met him. They went to Philadelphia, but soon after, he allegedly forced her into prostitution.
These crimes, although starting as Internet crimes, go beyond solicitation or fraud. Theses are serious allegations for the men accused, and they need to be fully investigated.
Source: Pocono Record, "Sex traffickers troll in Pa., experts say" Beth Brelje, Apr. 16, 2014