from the like? dept
I'm always amazed at how often social media plays a role in the attempted exploits of dumb criminals. Whether it's posing with the merchandise they recently stole, posting a video of the crime itself, or sharing the police's bulletin seeking their arrest, our idiot bad guys just seem to love posting dumb stuff to Facebook in particular. But even correcting for a younger criminal, it's difficult not to judge someone unbelievably stupid in the era of online surveillance when they elect to run their underage prostitution ring on Facebook and coordinate their illicit business via Facebook's messaging app. Yet, that's apparently exactly what a young seventeen-year-old girl did, along with her partners.
At least one act of prostitution took place, police said, leading to the arrest of John Michael Mosher, 21, who reportedly paid $40 and a bottle of liquor to have sex with a 15-year-old girl, the newspaper reported. Police said the ring came to light after four students confided to Venice High School administrators. The Sarasota High student and at least one other student concocted the business plan over the summer to prostitute other teenagers for payments of money and alcohol, according to police documents.And why bother trying to hide this kind of conversation about illicit dealings when you can discuss your "hoes" over a text-based social media chat application that's part of a website the average person is informed enough to distrust as a matter of privacy? It takes the supremely uninformed to think that these kinds of messages are secure, never mind that putting them in text in the first place ensures that the conversations can be reproduced at a later date. Like, say, when other students in the school that knew what was going on decided to turn against our would-be criminal mastermind.
"Why pimp out old hoes when I have fresh young hoes I can give up for money?" the Sarasota High student wrote in one Facebook exchange to a business partner, adding, "As long as I'm getting paid I'm trafficking all these (expletive deleted)."
Worse yet, it appears that all the coordinating for these deals was likewise done via Facebook.
Students told officers that the Sarasota High student coordinated at least three prostitution deals — including the one with the 15-year-old — by using Facebook private messaging.See, it may be called "private" messaging, but that doesn't mean those messages can't be used to put you in prison. On the other hand, it's nice to see our dumb criminals are starting their act at a younger age, I guess. Keeps them off the streets earlier, I suppose.