“People can literally go on their computer throughout the day and buy sex on their way home from work or downtown at lunch,” said Attorney General Maura Healey.
“It’s lawyers, doctors, accountants, guys who are going home this afternoon to a wife and three kids and who will be coaching T-ball on Saturday with 4-year-olds.” In many cases, a pimp is behind online sex ads, authorities say.
Anyone convicted of trafficking a child under the age of 18 can be subject to life in prison.
Young people selling sex might need guidance in relationship building as well as help processing traumatic experiences and ending self-harming behavior.
Further studies are needed on the functions of online sex selling and on the exit process for young people, in order to prevent entrance and facilitate exiting.
“Exiting – change or die”; living close to death: the process of quitting.
The informants all had stable social lives in the sense that they had roofs over their heads, food to eat, and no substance-abuse issues.