FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) - Police have arrested 35 people in
connection with a prostitution ring that used the popular Internet
classified ad service Craig's List to set up illegal "dates."
The arrests are the result of a three-day undercover operation
by St. Lucie County Sheriff's that resulted in charges of
soliciting, deriving income from prostitution and procuring
prostitutes. Deputies posing as customers used the online service
to arrange the service of prostitutes.
The prostitutes then implicated pimps. Detectives also placed
ads on Craig's List to lure prospective customers and arrested them
when they responded. Craig's List, which allows users to sell, buy
or list want ads for free, has a disclaimer that the site is not to
be used for illegal activities.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)