HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - The world's oldest profession is ahead of the technology curve and local law enforcement is doing its best to keep up.
Henrico police have arrested 5 people accused of a prostitution scheme run through the internet. It only takes a few seconds to log on to the internet and find multiple listings for women and men ready to fulfill whatever you may be in search of. Ads for escort services can still be found in the yellow pages, but the prevalence of the ads on the internet is growing. According to police some are legit -- but most are not.
And the listings aren't from far off places and require an intricate set of plans. They are local people with 804 phone numbers and they can probably meet you tonight.
"It's a classified type thing where you can put your ad on their kind of anonymously," said Henrico Police Lt. Doug Perry.
But while the escorts start off anonymous, they are only just a phone call away.
Henrico Police set five people in a surveillance sting to prove that even though they were advertising as escorts, they were really prostitutes. It is process that usually always brings results.
"We try and do one of these at least once a month, and every month we get about 4 or 5 people who are arrested for this," said Perry.
And despite the fact that those arrested almost always get convicted the ads, and the unique ways they are presented, don't ever seem to stop.
The sting took place at a Hotel in Henrico's West End, not necessarily considered to be a haven for prostitutes. Henrico Police say it is necessary to curb the spread of this problem because it directly impacts the quality of life in the county.