EWN Exclusive: Sex for sale on Craig's List

August 15, 2008 3:35:05 PM PDT
It's one of the most popular websites on the Internet, but there may be a lot more to Craig's List than what you are used to seeing. An Eyewitness News investigation reveals what one legal expert believes is sex for sale.There's a part of Craig's List where many of us have never ventured ? the "personals" and "erotic services" links. Before entering either section you get a warning. You have to be at least 18 and understand those categories may include adult content.

Truth is it's almost all adult content - adults who want sex according to Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby. "If folks are advertising for some sort of sexual activity among consenting adults in which they're not charging money, there's probably no laws being violated."

We found an ad for an orgy in the Garner area. If you want to attend you're asked to bring $250. Willoughby says it's another form of prostitution. "Folks have moved into the information age and instead of having the concierge in a hotel find you a prostitute that they've gone to Craig's List."

Just seeing these ads on the Internet is apparently not enough to charge anyone. "They'd actually have to send someone in and witness some of this activity going on - the offer of sex, the transfer of money, things like that," Willoughby said. But investigators all over Wake County have a lot of crime to chase these days.

When it comes to sex on the Internet, the biggest concern is children. Child sex is a felony, prostitution is a misdemeanor, but that doesn't mean ads like the ones we found on Craig's List won't draw the attention of law enforcement or the DA's Office.

"Often times when you find some illegal activity in vice like gambling, prostitution, there's some other illegal activity going on with it, you know, be it drugs, be it violence," Willoughby said. Last month Raleigh Police charged three men in a brothel shooting that left two people dead and two others wounded.

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