Detective: Online Prostitution An Ongoing Battle In Eastern Iowa

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - The internet continues to cause problems for investigators working to stop sex crimes and prostitution. Despite efforts by detectives across Eastern Iowa, the problem doesn't appear to be going away, only moving to other sites.

"[Prostitutes] come from all over the country, they have regular circuits, they go city to city advertising on the internet," said Johnson County Detective Lt. Kevin Kinney who has battled the sex trade and prostitution industry for years.

Kinney said many women have multiple webpages, which are area specific and often posted on other sites across the internet.

"We try to do as much as we can to stop it," he said. "But manpower is a big part of it."

Kinney said he checks certain sites at least once a week, keeping a close eye out for minors potentially being sex trafficked.

On Wednesday Iowa City police arrested a woman for prostitution after an alleged fight over a payment for an "erotic massage" that they say led to sex.

According to a criminal complaint Alysia Talbert, 23, has no known address.

"Talbert admitted she has been prostituting for about 5 years and that she specifically created a website for the Iowa area that highlighted the services offered while she was in the area," the complaint states.
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