Local law enforcement speak to new Sex Trafficking Act

RAPID CITY S.D. (KEVN) - Since the fight Online Sex Trafficking Act made its way across Capitol Hill, several popular sites began to take their personal ad sections down.

Craigslist says in a statement on its website that any tool or service can be misused and that they can't take such a risk without jeopardizing all of their other services and that they were regretfully taking craigslist personals offline.

Brent Gromer, supervisory special agent for RCPD, says that Craigslist and Backpage are the two most common sites used in sex trafficking investigations and undercover operations here in the area.
He says this decision will hinder the offenders and those trying to sell prostitution through these sites, yet his team will still continue to be ahead of the game.

"I think the demand is still going to be there and we as law enforcement just need to be proactive then to continue to work those offenders that wish to either pay money or to patronize, that are looking to do harm to children or adults using online sex trafficking," Gromer said.

Gromer says with technology changing, offenders are moving from more traditional websites to mobile apps. He says if law enforcement can make people hesitant about using an ad, that means they are doing their job.