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Even so, Tiffany — a street name — did not stop using the site, she said. In the fight against child sex trafficking, shutting down an epicenter like Back was a major victory, but one against a relentless foe that quickly unfurled new tentacles. The crime is rarely punished with the full force of the law — charges like rape or statutory rape — officials say; in many places it le to just a citation, instead of an arrest. The old allowed her to try to vet customers by contacting them before meetings, via phone or text message. With far fewer inquiries from the dating , she said, her first encounters with men now take place more often on the street as she gets into cars in red light districts around the Bay Area.

Eric Quan, a sergeant in the human-trafficking unit with the San Jose Police Department, said there had been a conspicuous rise in street prostitution in San Jose, where Tiffany is often forced to work. Advocates said that while the elimination of the listings was a step forward, by itself it was more an inconvenience than a crippling blow. The fight against the sex trafficking of children is an old and often doomed one, in part because the crime is typically tied to poverty and dysfunctional families.

Many of the girls and boys are runaways or foster children whose disappearances rarely set off a real Amber Alert. Nationally, about 35 percent of minors charged with prostitution are, like Tiffany, African-American, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In Alameda County, Calif. Few jurisdictions keep data on the men arrested in such cases.

But one area that keeps track, King County in Washington, found that 79 percent of the men charged with seeking to pay for sex with a minor from to were white, while 44 percent of those they were accused of propositioning were African-American. It is unclear how many minors are forced into prostitution each year, but the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said reports of online child sex trafficking had increased by more than percent from to Back representatives declined to comment, but in a statement released in January the company said it had notified law enforcement whenever it became aware of illegal activity.

It also said it was protected by a federal statute that shields third-party internet content providers from liability. In Oakland, International Boulevard is among the busiest strips in the nation for the trafficking of minors, part of a network whose spokes extend to similar strips in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle and Reno, Nev.

In warm weather, Tiffany said, she can often be found there, dressed in little more than a halter top and panties. The Oakland police, enmeshed in their own sex-trafficking scandal , said they had not seen a recent increase in prostitution along International Boulevard. Other departments around the nation acknowledged that they were not the best source for such information because officers infrequently made arrests and did not track activity. In January, a law barring children from being arrested for prostitution went into effect in California. Tiffany said she had been sent as far away as Pennsylvania and Florida, usually via Back .

Once she was given a cross-country bus ticket while her pimp took a plane, she said. Tiffany, who spoke on the condition that her real name not be used, said she was trying to quit the business. But without a high school diploma, her job prospects are slim. During an interview, she spoke matter-of-factly about the last four years, recounting the threat of violence from both pimps and the men who buy her. But she also said she had been in love with some of her pimps, most of them men, one a woman.

Within the span of a few seconds, she burst into tears while talking about the betrayal she felt when one pimp punished her by having his brother touch her, then had a fit of laughter while reading complimentary text messages from men who had purchased her for sex. With her long fingernails, hair extensions and a preoccupation with the fashionable, she could easily be mistaken for an unremarkable teenager. Her father, she said, is a pimp. At 14, she was lured by two Facebook acquaintances to a party that became a gang rape, she said. Since then, she said, she had been conditioned — through beatings, gang rapes and other violence — to please her pimps, many of whom found her by perusing Back.

At 16, she was placed in the custody of Awaken, a Christian nonprofit organization that works to end sexual exploitation, but she repeatedly ran away to return to pimps. Awaken put Tiffany in touch with a reporter in the hope that her sharing her experience would help others in similar situations.

In recent weeks, Tiffany said, she has become scared of being on the street after a man who had bought her showed her a loaded gun. Child Trafficking?

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