Website tracks calls to fake ads offering youngsters for sex

Renee Shelby doesn’t have your average job. She comes into work at Atlanta-based non-profit YouthSpark, fires up her computer, and surfs the “adult” sections of sites like Craigslist and Backpage.com. But she’s not looking for sex ads, she’s posting them.

Unlike the other ads on these pages, Shelby’s are decoys. And the models — all adults — agreed to pose for them.

It’s part of the organization’s new initiative called Demand Tracker. YouthSpark provides support to juvenile victims of sex trafficking and those at risk of exploitation. But executive director Alex Trouteaud says that just wasn’t enough.

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