Experts state that the Internet is one reason why prostitution laws are severely outdated. Many of the laws were written before the Internet age and this has authorities all across the country struggling to bring down the online prostitution rings. There are simply too many loopholes with new laws being added too slowly.
There are some cases, however, when the loopholes can be closed.
On September 12, a 16-year-old female from Minnesota allegedly advertised sexual services through a classified ad on the Internet. She advertised her services for Porter County and was arrested at a Valparaiso, Illinois hotel.
Her arrest was the result of an undercover operation involving undercover officers who are a part of the Porter County Drug Taskforce. They arranged for the teen to arrive at the Marriott around 9:30 p.m. Once she began negotiations for sexual services, she was taken into custody and housed in the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center.
Originally from Duluth, Minnesota, it is not known where the teen had been living in Porter County and whether or not she had any help operating her prostitution service. It is believed that someone had transported her to the hotel and dropped her off, but there is no information regarding that individual.
This is the first Juvenile prostitution bust for the task force, which gives more cause for agents to step up the monitoring of escort service ads. The department states that all ads for prostitution and solicitation will be investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
This is just one of the many prostitution stings being staged around the country to try and put a stop to Internet solicitation in every way possible. However, there are times when it can be difficult for the prosecution to prove their case when the individuals being arrested are being “set up.” While these stings are sometimes successful, many cases are dismissed or the defendant is acquitted.