The report, "Sexual exploitation: New challenges, news answers" looked at trends in 35 countries. A month later, US authorities shut down classified advertising website Back -- accused of being the biggest website for prostitution in the world -- and indicted the site's co-founders on charges of enabling prostitution and money laundering.
Prostitution has moved "from the street to the Internet", where pimps recruit young girls via Snapchat and Instagram before prostituting them in apartments rented on Airbnbsaid anti-prostitution group Fondation Scelles. He condemned the "industrial scale" of online prostitution, which allows pimps to "avoid personal risk" by creating a distance from their victims.
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The organisation called on authorities to "mobilise social networks" and hold able websites which profit from online prostitution. Listen to the latest songsonly on JioSaavn. Apps like Facebook and Tinder are fuelling the "soaring industry" of online prostitution and sexual exploitation, according to a worldwide study published by a French anti-prostitution group on Tuesday.
In Israel, dating app Tinder is the most popular tool to find prostitutes, while in Zambia students in cybercafes Whatsapp and Facebook groups to connect with prostitutes and pimps in a few clicks, the report said. In France, advertising site Vivastreet shut down its "Encounters" section last June to prevent "abuse" or "inappropriate use" from "certain users".
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More Videos. Further reading: FacebookTinderFondation Scelles. Last March, the US Congress passed a bill that allows victims of sex trafficking to seek justice against website owners who knowingly promote or facilitate the practise. Adverts on dating websites and online forums about sexuality -- but also "websites having no direct connection to this theme" -- facilitate "the concealment, anonymity and discretion However, it can be hard to track down perpetrators, who hide behind online anonymity and ambiguous advertisements for "massages" and "pleasant moments".
Latest Videos. In France, gangs contact underage girls from "welfare homes and high schools" on social networks such as Facebook and Snapchatpromising "opportunities to make money very quickly" before posting online advertisements and prostituting them.