Scantily clad prostitutes stopping cars at intersections or waving from the doorways of cheap motels are becoming a thing of past.
Instead, more and more are advertising their wares on the Internet. Besides being a lot easier than walking the streets and cheaper than having a pimp, going online allows them to reach wider audiences and work on their own schedules, police say.
In response, metro-area vice officers are putting as much effort toward patrolling cyberspace as they are toward patrolling the streets.
“We know prostitution is a nucleus for all types of criminal activity,” said Capt. Nick Clark, commander of the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department’s Street Crimes Task Force. “Often, you’ll find it is connected to drugs, and illegal narcotics drive most of the crime in Jackson.”