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Friday, January 27, 2006
APD Web Snags Call-Girl Suspects
By T.J. Wilham
Journal Staff Writer
Albuquerque police vice detectives are doing more than combing bad neighborhoods and conducting sting operations to find ladies of the night.
They are using a mouse, keyboard and the Internet.
That's because some local call girls are advertising their services on online bulletin boards. Internet users can search the online boards by city.
So far, APD vice detectives have arrested seven women, who have advertised their services on Web sites managed outside of the United States, on prostitution charges.
On Tuesday, vice detectives arrested 40-year-old Lesa Horn, according to a Metropolitan Court criminal complaint. Horn, under the name "Paris," is accused of posting naked photos of herself on the online board and inviting men to call her.
Internet browsing investigators arranged a meeting with her at a hotel on Menaul NE Tuesday night, the complaint states. She is accused of offering an undercover officer sex for $300.
Horn told police she had been staying at the hotel for a few days and was making as much as $1,100 a day using the online board, said APD vice detective George Wood.
Police say the online boards are not breaking any law because none of the girls who use it advertise sex for money.
"That comes later," Wood said.
Catching women using the Internet to promote prostitution has been difficult, Wood said. Many run background checks on new clients before they agree to a meeting.