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Alleged South Carolina prostitution ring busted through Internet

For South Carolina residents, the Internet is a useful way to conduct business, stay in touch with friends and family, and even enjoy games and videos. However, all Internet activity conducted on a computer can be monitored, and some pursuits are illegal and punishable under South Carolina law and even federal law. These Internet crimes can vary broadly, from cyber terrorism to phishing scams to computer fraud. Police can use all types of Internet activity to press criminal charges.

Twelve people have been arrested in Springdale after an investigation into a prostitution ring within the city. After police received tips about the alleged illegal activity, they began using the online classifieds site to locate and identify suspects. All 12 suspects were charged for soliciting prostitution. They are all male and range in ages from 54 to 18.

The case offers an example of the ways that law officials are able to locate and apprehend suspects they believe to be involved with a crime. Internet crime charges are often brought against a person after police have conducted an undercover operation.

Finding out you are facing criminal charges because of an undercover investigation can be extremely frightening, and you may feel like you are out of options. That, however, is not true. If you are facing charges for crimes conducted over the Internet, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. Not every accused of a crime is guilty, and building a strong criminal defense can ensure your rights are protected as you challenge the charges against you. Learning about South Carolina laws, national laws and the severity of specific charges can help you find the best course of action for your personal situation.

Source: WLTX, "Springdale Police Arrest 12 in Prostitution Sting," Tony Santaella, March 3, 2014

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