People use dating app to advertise prostitution

Created: 07/10/2014 9:44 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It’s supposed to be a 21st century way to find love, but some people are using it inappropriately.

Tinder is a one of several new mobile dating applications. Tinder, specifically, shows singles in a given area and allows the user to swipe right if they like them and left if they don’t. If there’s a match, the two people can chat. But some people have more than chatting on their minds – and are using Tinder for an unintended purpose.

Some profiles begin with an innocuous photo of an attractive women but are followed with explicit ads offering sex acts for sale, and directions to illicit Web sites selling sex.

“It provides a certain degree of anonymity for people who are trying to break the law and exploit others,” State Senator Jacob Candelaria said. “It's very cheap and it’s not fully regulated. Our laws can't and don't keep pace with technological advancement and there will always be people looking to exploit those loopholes.”

State Senator Candelaria co-sponsored bills for two years trying to change that, but neither bill got the votes. He plans to try again next session, including mobile apps in the mix.

“We're weak. Our pimping laws, our courts have said, our pimping laws are not applicable to the internet,” Candelaria said.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 reached out to Tinder Wednesday with the opportunity to comment but did not hear back. There is no indication the company is aware of people using it for unintended purposes.

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