Wednesday, March 28, 2007

US: FBI Investigates Underage Prostitution on Craigslist

Craigslist depends upon its users to
"flag" inappropriate ads for removal


SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA -- An eight-month investigation of underage prostitution advertised on Craigslist, a popular Internet classified site, led FBI agents to raid the home and photo studio of a south Sacramento man, court documents say.

In an affidavit unsealed this week, an FBI agent alleges that Paul Yoshi Moore, 46, took racy photographs of three Sacramento-based girls, one 14 and two 17, and posted them in the Web site's "erotic services" section.

No charges have been filed in the case. FBI officials declined comment, saying the case is under investigation.

The Sacramento case is the latest to focus legal scrutiny on Craigslist and prostitution ads on the highly popular Internet site. Craigslist has been linked in news accounts to prostitution stings from New York City suburbs to Chicago to Seattle. The company did not respond to a request for comment for this story.

In the Sacramento case, one girl, 17, told investigators that a pimp who recruited her from a local high school introduced her to Moore for a nearly-nude photo shoot.

Another girl, 14, said she began working as a prostitute at 12 or 13 and paid Moore a monthly fee to maintain her Craigslist advertisement with nude photos, the search warrant affidavit states.

Moore, polite yet flustered when reached at his south Sacramento house, said he was aware officials were investigating him. He said he did not want to talk, but went on to say he fears his reputation will be ruined.

"I'm going to be crucified," he said...

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