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PD: Vegas man lured teens for prostitution on Craigslist

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A Las Vegas man arrested Tuesday is accused of luring underage teenagers on Craigslist and forcing them into prostitution.

Las Vegas Metro police said the department's Vice and Sex Trafficking Investigations Section began in May probing David Coil, 63, as part of a child sex trafficking case.

Investigators revealed Coil appeared to be involved in the activity since last October.

Coil was booked into Clark County Detention Center on a count of sex trafficking of a child under 18 years old, four counts of soliciting or engaging in child prostitution and a count of attempted sex trafficking of a child.

Police were still seeking possible victims or anyone who may have answered an ad from Coil. Those people are urged to contact Metro's Vice and Sex Trafficking Investigations Section at 702-828-3455 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

“A predator will study and analyze what the kid is into and talk about it,” said Mack Jackson, a cybersecurity expert.

Jackson said the arrest of Coil is alarming but not surprising. He said authorities have trouble tracking online predators.

“The police we have talked to, they are on top of it and have mentioned it’s a growing phenomenon in Southern Nevada. We have all these predators involved in child trafficking and child porn,” Jackson said.

The staff at Shade Tree, a shelter for battered women, is all too familiar with Southern Nevada’s sex trafficking problem. Case manager Evelyn Guillen said they see an average of three trafficking victims every week.

“It’s very dangerous. These people will hurt someone. They will carry out their threats,” she said.

Guillen said police sometimes have a hard time differentiating victims from prostitutes.

“If it’s not human trafficking there’s a pimp there getting their money, forcing them to do it or pretending they’re in a relationship - ‘Hey, if you love me you’ll do this,’” Guillen said.

Jackson said kids often make themselves easy targets.

“Once you put a photo of yourself on the internet, you cannot erase it,” he said

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