• New website for online sex ads lead to arrests in Jacksonville

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - While the website Backpage.com, a former online sex-for-hire market, was shut down along with the personals section of Craigslist, a new website may be trying to take its place in Jacksonville. 

    Action News Jax Law and Safety Expert Dale Carson says because many of the profiles have nude photos that makes it difficult for police to conduct undercover stings. Online escort sites are making it harder for police to crack down on prostitution.

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    In two local cases, a man and woman used the site to sell women for sex.

    According to an arrest report, Richard Jenkins told a woman, “She needed to make $1,200 and she couldn’t go home until she made that money.”

    In another case an arrest report for Ashley Ewart says she advertised a female victim 56 times on the same site.

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    Carson says people can connect directly to the person they want to pay for a sex act.

    Action News Jax reached out to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office about the website and their investigative efforts. 

    A spokesperson said the website is one of the platforms they are aware of: "We do not talk particulars in reference to how these investigations take place as to not compromise investigative techniques.”

    QUICK FACTS: 

    • The website SkiptheGames.com is allegedly a new platform connecting johns and prostitutes directly.
    • People can connect directly to the person they want to pay for a sex act.
      • Hiring an escort isn't against the law.
    • Action News Jax found two local cases where a man and woman were arrested after using the site. 
    • Resources for human trafficking:

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