“When it comes to child sex trafficking and children being sold for sex, it has really exploded on the internet,” said Staca Shehan, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
For a long time, sex trafficking was thought to only affect children from countries outside the United States. But it’s happening right here in Rochester.
Shehan says predators screen Facebook pages and social media sites looking for certain vulnerabilties.
“Being a prior victim of sexual abuse, children that have a void in some way, looking for love and affection, attention,” Shehan said.
Daniel Tanck and Robert Palermo are accused of posting pictures and prostituting a 14-year-old girl on Backpage.com. According to the affadavit, the teen had sex with Tanck and several customers for money.