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  • gollywogazoo gollywogazoo Feb 27, 2013 5:22 PM Flag

    is FARCEBOOK becoming irrelevant?

    its millions of users are mostly time wasters, after all.

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    • not for pimps - they like FB

      Pimps hit social networks to recruit underage sex workers

      NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
      It started with a Facebook "friend" request.

      "I was just, 'oh, he's cute, I'll accept him,'" a 22-year-old called "Nina" recalls.

      She was 18 at the time, and didn't imagine that clicking "accept" would start her on a path to four years of prostitution across the country. "Nina" is a pseudonym; CNNMoney agreed to change the names of the victims in this article to protect their privacy.

      Upper middle-class and college-bound, Nina had her plans derailed in her senior year of high school after her mother was sentenced to two years in prison for financial crimes. Lonely and looking online for male attention, she started messaging back and forth with a man who said he was falling for her. They talked about trips they'd take together as a couple, and about marriage, maybe kids.

      "He sold me the biggest dream in the world," she says. "I thought he really did like me and we were going to live this fairy-tale life together."

      They exchanged online messages for about a month. That September, while Nina's friends went off to college, she traveled the two and half hours from home to meet her Facebook beau in person.

      The fairy tale ended fast. Almost immediately after she arrived in Seattle, he dropped her off on a street where prostitutes troll for customers and told her she was going to "catch dates."

      Many would have run, but Nina says her deteriorating family life left her with a sense of desperation. She was smitten, and willing to do anything for the man she thought loved her. So she stayed.

      Keeping the attention of her "boyfriend" required selling herself for sex, Nina learned. He was a pimp -- and she was one of a growing number of women recruited on social networks for sex trafficking.

 
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