This photo, included in a report from the Michigan State University Police Department, shows the car used to pick up a 14-year-old girl in Mason and transport her to Spartan Village, where nude photos were taken from her and she was advertised for sex online.
Among teens with dating experience, boys and girls are equally likely to say they have met someone online, and younger and older teens are equally likely to have experienced this as well. Teens also avail themselves of the search capacities of the internet to connect to more information about romantic prospects.For teens who meet romantic partners online, it is common for those relationships to never actually progress to the point of a physical meeting. Given the number of years today’s teens have been using social media and the volume of content posted to social media profiles, potential suitors have access to a motherlode of material on their crush.Some 31% of teens who have met a partner or partners online, indicate that they have been involved in a romantic relationship with someone online they never met face to face, while 69% of teens who have met a romantic partner online say they have met them in person. One high school girl describes falling down the rabbit hole of a crush’s profile.For two days, the girl was stowed away in an apartment on Michigan State University’s campus while her family searched for her. She was offered for sex on Craigslist and Back Page.com, according to MSU Police Department reports the State Journal obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Now it's reaching new places and new lives because of the Internet.The FBI in Michigan worked 220 sex trafficking, or forced prostitution, cases last year.