Human Traffic Watch

Documents reveal web sex trafficking in Charlotte

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on August 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

The image shows a woman draped against the wall of a hotel room, face obscured but her body in a seductive pose.

“Hi Guys!!! Looking to get into somthin??? Look no further,” the ad on a Charlotte-area site of Backpage.com reads. “Im available right now …so what are you waiting for??? Call me”

The July 26 advertisement included an Atlanta-area phone number. The woman’s name was Blackberry.

Around 11 p.m. on the same day, court documents obtained by the Observer say, a prostitute named Blackberry walked into a room at the University Executive Drive Holiday Inn – in a bustling business park near a hospital, a shopping center and a police station.

But instead of a client, she found an undercover officer, according to the criminal complaint. The encounter was part of a national campaign to crack down on sex trafficking.

Court documents provide a window into the growing crimes of Internet-based prostitution and human trafficking in Charlotte. Advocates estimate Internet solicitation accounts for 80 percent of prostitution in America.

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