A few hours ago, a new news release from http://www.newschannel5.com highlights a story that many people in Davidson County rarely, if ever, think about.
Sex crimes is a little known about facet in the world news and economy. Yet, it seems that even in Davidson County is not immune to the sting. Michael and Amanda McCarrell were arrested on sex charges after being caught in Murfreesboro, TN with a 17 year old girl that they had met on the internet, a site called Flirtomatic.com to have sex with.
While this teen went willingly, it begs the question of how many other underage teens are willingly or not so willingly selling and being sold for sex over the internet. The well known statement “sex sells” has been used in reference to the music and even movie industries in response to why they sell what they do.
Before this most recent case of sex crime, Tennessee Attorney Bob Cooper, along with 45 other attorneys, back in 2011, went after another website called Backpage.com that was apparently filled with ads promoting human sex trafficking, as stated in the article from http://www.timesfreepress.com.
Due to this more recent occurrence, Tennessee State Representative Eric Watson was working in D.C. at a conference in the office of Vice President Joe Biden about the “epidemic” of human trafficking.
According to timesfreepress.com:
‘Hamilton County [in Tennessee] is among eight counties statewide that reported more than 100 minor cases of human sex trafficking over a 24-month period, according to a 2011 Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report. The survey defines human trafficking as “a for-profit sex act that is induced by force, fraud, or coercion or in which the person performing such an act is under the age of 18 years.” ‘
With such websites as Flirtomatic and others making the internet an agent of free searching, it makes it difficult for anyone to police these types of crimes. Flirtomatic does state in the information about the site that only those people 18 years old or older may join or use the site, is not really a deterrent to those who seek out this kind of service.
As more laws come into the forefront for this sort of crime, one can hope that the people of Davidson County will have to worry just a little bit less about their own children.
For more information about these stories you can follow the links provided below:
Tennessee attorneys general ask website to combat sex trafficking: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/aug/31/state-attorneys-general-ask-website-combat-sex-tra/
State Rep. Eric Watson in D.C. at anti-sex trafficking event: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/nov/29/state-rep-eric-watson-dc-anti-sex-trafficking-even/?breakingnews
Police Say Couple Brought Teen From Kentucky For Sex: http://www.newschannel5.com/story/20216296/police-say-couple-brought-teen-from-kentucky-for-sex